This documentary examines the alpine flora and birdlife in the Upper Waitaki area of the South Island. Its distinctive bird-life includes kārearea (the falcon), mirimiro (tomtit), kererū and kea. The native vegetation is profiled in depth. The area's introduced animals include deer, chamois, and thar, which have become pests. Beautifully shot, directed, and packed full of information, this is the kind of film the National Film Unit was famous for. It was commissioned by the Soil Conservation Council, the NZ Forest Service and the Department of Internal Affairs.