Gold history celebration

A district turns back the clock this weekend and celebrates its origins in gold mining.

The Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust and Department of Conservation are hosting a celebration of 150 years of gold mining in Bendigo.

A ceremony marking the relocation of the Bendigo Gold Light Co's dredge bucket ladder and the restoration of the old bakehouse will form part of today's programme.

"It's wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate the Bendigo bakehouse and dredge restoration projects and acknowledge all the parties that have been involved over the years," Central Otago Doc manager Mike Tubbs said.

Guided walks, a run along the 14km Kanuka Trail, wine tasting and picnic lunches are also planned to mark the anniversary.