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Worlds Coolest McDonalds (Central Plateau) Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 01/13/2015
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1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is located at one of Taupo's most iconic urban landmarks, the cache is hidden under the DC3, you do not need to climb into the garden, or the plane, as it can be retrieved while standing on the Tarmac of the parking area. The cache is easily retrieved using a bit of stealth, please be mindful of cars parked in the first parking bay as it is very close to the cache.

****Take Note - the parking is temporarily fenced off, the cache is still accessible by walking through the bushes by the information plaque in front of the plane.****


Taupo McDonalds has topped the list of the world's coolest top 10 McDonald's, sneaking in ahead of locations like Rome, Tokyo and New it has a decommissioned  plane as part of the store. There are seats inside the plane for your dining enjoyment, and you can view the cockpit as well!

The plane, a Douglas DC3 aircraft, was built in 1943 and was one of three used by South Pacific Airlines of New Zealand from 1961 to 1966. In 1971 it was renamed Whio and used by Fieldair Holdings as a top-dressing plane, before being decommissioned in 1984.

In 1985, Taupo Mayor Rick Cooper bought the plane during a stopover in New Plymouth.

''I was wandering around, stretching my legs and I came across this plane,'' Mr Cooper said. ''I got talking to the owner who said he was going to refurbish it but it was going to cost too much, so he was going to sell it. I asked how much, and bought it for around $20,000.''

He said the original plan was to use it as his office at the Aeroplane Car Company but a representative from McDonald's , upon seeing the plane, asked if it could be installed at their intended site.

Postcards of the plane are available at the McDonalds and proceeds of their sales go to  Ronald McDonald house

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)