The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs has been named the No. 1 Lodge in Australia and Pacific Nations on the 2012 Gold List, ‘The World’s Best Places to Stay’ selected by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, with a high score of 98.4. Guests “feel like royalty” at this plantation-style lodge on the North Island that collects a bevy of perfect scores. “Beautiful rooms,” done in light colours with a country feel, garner a perfect score. Sip on a Kauri Cliffs Kiwi Mojito before indulging in the “divine cuisine” at the blue-and-white main dining room. The staff deliver perfect-scoring service — “they made us feel like we were the only guests they had to take care of the whole time we were there.” Perfect-scoring activities include “one of the prettiest golf courses in the world.” Owned and developed by New Yorker Julian Robertson, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is the sister property to The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay and Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown.