A McDonalds in an Airplane: Taupo, New Zealand

This was the 23rd post (Day 23) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.

24th July 2014 – Taupo, New Zealand

Maybe it was the lake, stretched out in miles
Or maybe it was the decline in temperature.
But I saw a plane, ogled at it for ages,
Then fell sick, and drew myself a silly caricature. 
Mcdonalds in airplane taupo

McDonalds in an airplane. New zealand does have a nice sense of humour.

They say New Zealand is ridiculously expensive.

True, but the most precious thing here seems to be sleep, which I am yet to find cheap. The trend continued today too.


After a late night of drinking, I woke up early in the morning today to catch a bus from Auckland to Taupo. When travelling in New Zealand, I suggest a bus pass called the ‘naked bus passport’. Just figured out, that they are called ‘naked bus, because they strip the cost of your travel! Looks like I am not the only one working on wordplay here.

Update: Nakedbus has officially shut down now. So, this option is no longer available.

So, a passport worth 50 NZD, can get you 3 trips across New Zealand. I used my first pass today, to get to Taupo. After checking into the Backpackers, I ended up taking a quick walk. And I saw a plane. And a McDonalds. Oh wait, its a McDonalds, INSIDE an airplane!

Further Reading: New Zealand is full of surprises. Check out the time I saw wild seals at Cape Palliser near Wellington.

Turns out, McDonalds Taupo converted a decommissioned DC-3 airplane, complete with propellers and wings, into a seating area. If that is not the coolest golden arches ever, what is?

I walked a little more to the edge of the beautiful Lake Taupo. And then, a headache struck. Must be all the lack of sleep.

Today, paracetamol replaces Jim Beam. Change was inevitable.

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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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