This classic kids’ adventure tale follows a 13-year-old boy on a quest to find his father, missing amidst the heady 1860s Otago gold rush. When it launched in September 1976 the 13-part series was the most expensive local TV drama yet made. Under the reins of producer John McRae, it brandished unprecedented production values, and panned the Central Otago vistas for all their worth. Its huge local popularity was matched abroad (BBC screened it primetime); it showed that NZ-made kids’ drama could be exported, and helped establish the new second television channel.