Constantly rated among the happiest nations on the planet, blessed with gorgeous backcountry, and steeped in the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen – who wouldn't want to visit Denmark? It spreads over peninsulas and isles where the North Sea rolls into the Baltic Sea. Once the province of the fearsome Vikings, it's now better known as the home of Lego, and as a center for creative design and architecture. The bulk of cheap flights to Denmark from New Zealand will whisk you straight into the immersive capital of Copenhagen. A few craft beers and rides in the inner-city Tivoli theme park there and you can then break away to the rollicking festival grounds of Roskilde, the wave-spattered rocks of Funen, or the ancient town centers of Jutland. It's up to you.
Colorful 17th-century mansions line the waterways down on Nyhavn's marina. It's a buzzy district where the evenings are all about open-air jazz and craft beer.
There are steel coasters like The Demon and vintage rides on the Classic Carousel alike at the inner-city theme park that is Tivoli Gardens.
Legoland awaits in Billund with its mini village reconstructions and rattling rollercoasters.
No airlines have direct flights to Denmark from New Zealand.
Qatar Airways is the best airline to fly between New Zealand and Denmark.