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Baldwin Street

Known for its colossal mountains, rough seas and wild rivers, New Zealand is also home to the world’s steepest residential street.

Put your legs to the test as you climb the almost impossibly steep road to the summit of Baldwin Street. Rest at the top and enjoy views across the city and parkland. Then make your way back to town for a well-earned drink.

The world’s steepest street may be this unassuming residential road in Dunedin. Measuring 350 metres (1,150 feet) in length, the road rises a total of 70 metres (230 feet) to a height of 100 metres (328 feet) above sea level. The maximum gradient is 19 degrees near the top of the road. At this point you go upward 1 metre (3 feet) with every 3 metres (9 feet) you travel horizontally.

Marvel at the absurdity of such a steep road as you approach Baldwin Street. The man responsible for the impractical design was surveyor Charles Kettle who laid out grid patterns without considering the location of the road on the northern face of Signal Hill.

Start to make your way up and notice that the street is made from concrete. It was thought that the tar used in the asphalt on other city streets would become too slippery during the winter and would melt and run on hot summer days.

Once you finally reach the summit look for the small water fountain for a refreshing drink. Take a minute to relax and gaze back down the hill toward the charming woodland of Chingford Park.

The descent can be just as tough on the legs as the climb. To make it somewhat easier, take the steps carved alongside the road where a footpath would usually be.

If you are in town during September be sure to attend the Baldwin Street Gutbuster. More than 1,000 entrants compete in a brutal race to the top and back down the road. Join the crowds and watch or enter the race yourself if you are feeling energetic. Baldwin Street is approximately 5 kilometres (3 miles) northeast of central Dunedin.


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Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge CA $114
Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

30 Duke Street, North Dunedin, Dunedin
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Dunedin, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dunedin Botanic Garden and University of Otago. Forsyth Barr Stadium and The Octagon are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 28 minutes by foot.

    The Victoria Hotel Dunedin CA $105
    The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

    The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

    137 St Andrew Street Centre City, Dunedin
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dunedin Public Art Gallery, The Octagon and Dunedin Town Hall. St. Paul's Cathedral and Speight's Brewery are also within 15 minutes. Dunedin Railway Station is 6 minutes by foot.

      Quest Dunedin CA $110
      Quest Dunedin

      Quest Dunedin

      333 Cumberland St, Dunedin
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Dunedin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 5 minutes by foot.

        Baldwin Street Retreat
        Baldwin Street Retreat

        Baldwin Street Retreat

        46 Baldwin Street, Dunedin
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the historical district, this holiday home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Baldwin Street, Dunedin Botanic Garden and University of Otago. Signal Hill and Otago Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Charming Villa On Tree Lined Street CA $100
          Charming Villa On Tree Lined Street

          Charming Villa On Tree Lined Street

          11 Ainslee Place, Dunedin, Otago
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Dunedin, this romantic holiday home is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Baldwin Street and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium. The Octagon is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

            Scenic Hotel Southern Cross CA $128
            Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

            Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

            118 High Street, Dunedin
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Dunedin City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dunedin Casino and Speight's Brewery. Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Regent Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Dunedin Railway Station is 16 minutes by foot.

              Aria On Bank CA $112
              Aria On Bank

              Aria On Bank

              42/46 Bank St, Dunedin
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Dunedin, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dunedin Botanic Garden, University of Otago and Otago Museum. Baldwin Street and Olveston are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                315 Euro Motel CA $117
                315 Euro Motel

                315 Euro Motel

                315 George Street, Dunedin
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Dunedin City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dunedin Town Hall and The Octagon. University of Otago and Forsyth Barr Stadium are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dunedin Railway Station is 20 minutes by foot.