I know exactly one person who has never ever tried McDonald’s food. She is a co-worker of mine and I find that very strange, as virtually everyone else I know has eaten from the golden arches at one time or another.

One of the coolest branches of the popular fast food chain features a decommissioned Douglas DC-3 as part of the facility. Yes, really, and you can even go inside it.

McDonald’s Taupō

Taupō is a town of around 26,000 people located on Lake Taupō on the North Island of New Zealand, approximately 250 kilometres (155 miles) south of Auckland. That is where our aircraft is located.

The plane was originally manufactured as a C-47 for the US Air Force in 1943 and it spent most of its life in Australia and New Zealand, being passed around various airlines. It was registered ZK-CAW for much of its life and you can find its history here.

Happily you can take your meal inside the DC-3 and enjoy your food in there. The cockpit is also available for viewing through a glass door, which must be interesting.

Apparently McDonald’s Taupō was named the world’s coolest McDonald’s in 2013, which I think is well deserved. It’s become quite a landmark in the town and long may it stay there.

Overall Thoughts

Time to move to Taupō, right? I think it’s fantastic to see an old aircraft preserved in this manner for people in the future to enjoy. It’s certainly a talking point anyway!

I know I’d happily spend time eating a Quarter Pounder, some Chicken Nuggets and chips in there. Looks like I’ll have to add it to my list of places to go. Everyone loves New Zealand anyway, so it’ll be no hardship, that’s for sure.

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Featured image by Fuwuyuan via Wikimedia Commons.
Interior shot by Ruthann on Flickr.