I get that NZers will now be forced to travel domestically rather than internationally but the prime tourism destinations (Queenstown/Rotorua/Taupo etc) have all their services priced at international rates.
This for me is a big issue that no one really wants to talk about. Tourism didn't have a reputation for paying well in some of these areas to begin with. They realistically can't pay people any less than they already are.
Also, some of our operators aren't that sophisticated. Two Taupo places I stay at; one has a constantly evolving price mechanism that seems to be working off the number of enquiries it gets on its website (you can shift the pricing curve if you keep changing your mind about dates when you are thinking about booking, eventually you have to wait and come back tomorrow when the effects of your searches have worn off). Finding a weekend with very little on means you can get a really cheap rate. They also offer multi-night discounts and discounts for booking in advance, tiered at 30/60/90 days.
Another place: The room is the same price, no matter what, no matter the weekend, irrespective of demand. There's no sensitivities (Tuesdays, for instance, are not cheaper than weekends). It's just peak and off-peak pricing. Because of where it is, those prices are usually pretty high to begin with.
For the price of two nights at the 2nd place, I can get 4 nights at the second with enough change left over for a dinner out. Guess which one I go to more often.
1. Really? This has been discussed.. quite a bit. There have been numerous articles and mentions by at least the tourism minister, if not more. Many, many people are aware of the high prices of tourism activities in NZ and discussing that they need to drop for the domestic market.