Leaving most of our gear at the campsite, we ascend above the treeline this morning into a brilliant alpine basin, home to a variety of native alpine plants including the Mt. Cook Lily (Ranunculus lyalli), the world’s largest buttercup. If you’re feeling energetic, join the guide for a dash up to the ridgeline above the basin and onto the Ohau range (1915 metres), where you get a superb vista of the surrounding Southern Alps, Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Mackenzie Basin. In the afternoon we wander back down the valley and hike straight to our accommodation for the night – Ohau Lodge or hop in the van and drive the final 3kms. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.