We were an extended family with friends and also 4 kids in the group. Our primary goal was the highly rated (and true!) Tongariro Alpine Crossing, at least a few of us, whilst the rest chilled out. The Mountain Heights Lodge provided us excellent value and great, friendly service. It was convenient to get to the start of the Alpine Crossing as well as back from it (finishes at a different location). The closest supermarket is at Turangi (approx 30-40mins away) so ensure that you bring all that you need. The tiny National Park Village has about 3 pub/restaurants, a liquor store and a minimart (part of the gas station) on offer (which is about 2 minutes drive away from the lodge). For a lodge located in the middle of a National Park, it provided us with everything that we needed and the friendly hosts let the kids feed and mess about with the Alpacas on site too. If you wanted to do the crossing I would highly recommend the Mountain Heights Lodge. During the ski season the run up to the Whakapapa ski fields would be so handy.