I have just read Frangipani's tip on Air NZ specials & have been watching the prices fluctuate (mainly up) for the direct flight from Sydney to Raro & return for the past couple of months.
As most of you are probably aware we will once again be heading to Raro in September for our family vacation - 4 adults & 3 children under 6, so have been watching Air NZ for a "good" price". In the past, children's fares have always been about $100.00 less than the adult fare, but have noticed in the past few weeks that the Sydney to Raro fare for children is only $47 less & the return fare is the same as the adult fare.
I find this quite strange having read in the Cook Island News just a couple of weeks ago, that at the recent travel industry forum in Raro, an effort was being made to market the Cook Islands as a family holiday destination not just a honeymoon destination.
Surely this recent price hike by Air NZ is counter-productive as it will become quite prohibitive, financially for families to travel from Australia to Raro & I would suggest the cheaper option of Fiji or Vanuatu will once again pull the Aust. family tourist dollar.
Perhaps it's just a way of Air NZ recouping some of the subsidy they have allowed for the direct route from Sydney or am I being way too cynical?