The moment you smell the smoky aromas of that first paprika-infused goulash, Hungary will have you. It will enchant with Budapest's moody Jewish Quarter and steaming natural spa baths. It will beguile with its rustic winelands and myths of nomadic Magyar wanderers. It will capture the imagination with forests that sprawl over the winding Danube, and towns that host gold-rimmed churches and the bones of revered saints. Cheap flights to Hungary from New Zealand can be your ticket to it all. Popular routes on airlines like Emirates and Qatar take between 25-35 hours on average, while the best bargains might have an extra stopover thrown in.
The Szechenyi Thermal Bath is a massive complex of spring-fed pools and saunas that's a rite of passage for every first-time visitor in Budapest.
Big nights out in dive bars meet rich Magyar history in the buzzing capital of Budapest.
Mineral spa baths and Hungary's burgeoning wine country both beckon around the banks of big Lake Balaton.