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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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Lodging Near Baldwin Street

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$106
Baldwin Street Bed and Breakfast

Baldwin Street Bed and Breakfast

46 Baldwin Street, Dunedin
2.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in North Dunedin, this bed & breakfast is 0 mi (0 km) from Baldwin Street and within 3 mi (5 km) of Dunedin Botanic Garden and Otago Museum. University of Otago and Hocken Library are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$75
Arden Street House

Arden Street House

36 Arden Street, Dunedin
4.2
of 5, from 16 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Dunedin, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Baldwin Street and Dunedin Botanic Garden. Otago Museum and Olveston are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$77
Aria On Bank

Aria On Bank

42/46 Bank St, Dunedin
4.5
of 5, from 21 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in North Dunedin, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Otago, Dunedin Botanic Garden, and Otago Museum. Olveston and Cadbury World are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$81
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

10 Smith Street, Dunedin
3.8
of 5, from 140 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Dunedin City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Cathedral, Speight's Brewery, and First Church of Otago. Cadbury World and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$102
Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge

Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge

30 Duke Street, Dunedin
4.1
of 5, from 85 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Dunedin, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dunedin Botanic Garden and Otago Museum. Olveston and Cadbury World are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$100
Amross Motel

Amross Motel

660 George Street, Dunedin
4.8
of 5, from 51 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Dunedin, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Otago, Otago Museum, and Olveston. Cadbury World and St. Paul's Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$107
Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

123 Princes Street, Dunedin
4.3
of 5, from 198 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Dunedin City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Dunedin Casino, Speight's Brewery, and First Church of Otago. Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and St. Paul's Cathedral are also within 5 minutes.

$83
Cable Court Motel

Cable Court Motel

833 Cumberland Street, Dunedin
4.1
of 5, from 38 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Dunedin, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Otago Museum and Dunedin Botanic Garden. Olveston and Cadbury World are also within 1 mi (2 km).