Cardrona Heritage Trust chairman Tim Scurr and Cardrona Vintage Fair co-ordinator Hil Stapper look over some gold-mining relics next to Cardrona's original butcher's shop, ahead of the village's ''150 Years of Gold'' celebrations this weekend. Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
• 8am: This weekend is the Cardrona community's turn
to celebrate 150 years of gold. The village among the Crown
Range mountains will host dog trials; equestrian events;
stagecoach rides; recreational and competitive gold panning;
blacksmith demonstrations; shearing, vintage car and
machinery displays; the Buckingham Belles; and the Arrow
Miners' Band. Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden and
guests will attend the official opening at noon. Procession
at 3.15pm. Period costumed miners' ball in the Lake Wanaka
Centre at 8pm.
• 8.30am to 1pm: The Remarkables Market continues
every summer Saturday in and around the red barn near
Remarkables Park Town Centre. Regionally produced products
and goods for the home and handmade works from crafters.
• 9am to 12.30pm: The Queenstown Farmers Market
offers fresh seasonal produce from around the South at a
dozen stalls in the grounds of St Peter's Anglican Church,
every Saturday until the end of March.
• 10am: Patagonia 8hrs@Jacks, the popular multi-lap
relay mountain bike event for individuals and teams, returns
to Jack's Point, near Queenstown, courtesy of Southern
Traverse. Top athletes complete a lap in 24 minutes, while
fun-runners finish in about 45 minutes per lap. Individual
registration costs $65, and individual under-19 registration
• 10am to 2pm: The Kawarau Village Christmas Market
features artisan food producers, Central Otago winemakers and
Southern Lakes artists, with free children's entertainment.
• 10am to 4pm: A self-drive Wakatipu Garden Tour of
eight locations to raise funds for Queenstown Plunket. Flora
fans can collect a map, pay $25 and begin their tour at the
Queenstown Events Centre between 9.30am and noon. Tickets are
also available from Queenstown Plunket, Harcourts Queenstown
and BNZ Remarkables Park Town Centre.