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Taupo – Home of The World’s Coolest McDonald’s!

What is the most famous thing about Taupo?

If your rental car trip takes you through the central North Island of New Zealand, make sure that you stop and check out McDonald’s Taupo.

Last year this McDonald’s outlet was voted number 1 on the list of world’s coolest McDonald’s out of 35,000 locations worldwide.

So what makes McDonald’s Taupo so cool? Well, it is totally unique in that it includes an old Douglas DC3 Aircraft as part of the restaurant. The plane was built in 1943 and was used commercially in New Zealand up until 1984. It was later purchased by the Mayor of Taupo and was originally destined to become an office for a car company until it was purchased by McDonald’s.

While the plane is possibly not as famous as some other local attractions such as Lake Taupo or The Huka Falls, we think that it is worth stopping to see what put Taupo ahead of rival locations such as New York, London, and Rome!

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