The World’s Steepest Street

The Worlds Steepest Street Bro!

The Worlds Steepest Street is Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Because the sign says so! I photographed it when I went there! Here’s the proof.

The Worlds Steepest Street, Dunedin, New Zealand

Like any good local council wanting to promote their city, the Dunedin City Council proudly states that this street is officially the ‘Steepest in the World’, and is in the Guinness Book of Records. Anything to draw tourists to this cold and wet part of the south island of New Zealand.

Well, Baldwin Street is a bit steep.

The Worlds Steepest Street – The Numbers

The average grade of The Worlds Steepest Street is 1 in 3.41, with the steepest grade being 1 in 2.86. Check out these photos showing the gradient. It does take a bit of lung power and leg muscle exertion to walk up Baldwin Street. Some people might need an oxygen mask at the end to feel a bit better.

Steepest Street On Earth

Gradient of the World's Steepest Street

I guess you need good brakes on your car. I pity the poor learner drivers in Dunedin, as I’m sure there are a lot of ruthless driving instructors that would receive a perverse kick of taking young pimple face kids here so they could attempt their first ever hill start. Sounds masochistic, but fun!

If you really want to, you can also claim some dodgy certificates at the bottom of the street that has been set up by some enterprising resident – saying that you’ve walked up and down The Worlds Steepest Street.

Baldwin Street Certificate - World's Steepest Street

Other things to do in New Zealand after visiting The World’s Steepest Street – have a steak at the Huntsman Steakhouse.

The World’s Steepest Street Resources

To check out more famous World Streets, see Street World: Urban Culture and Art from Five Continents and Walking San Francisco: 33 Savvy Tours Exploring Steep Streets, Grand Hotels, Dive Bars, and Waterfront Parks.

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9 Comments

  1. April 17, 2009    

    This is totally on my life list! How crazy!

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  2. February 18, 2010    

    I fully drive past here every day 😀
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  3. DAC DAC
    March 18, 2010    

    Too bad this is not the Steepest Street in the World. That title should belong to Canton Ave in Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Baldwin Str = 35%
    Canton Ave = 37%

    • March 18, 2010    

      I don’t think Dunedin tourism will like that!

  4. pittsburgh wedding photography pittsburgh wedding photography
    July 26, 2010    

    It May not be that steep as the in Canton Ave in Pittsburgh, but tourists can actually try to pass by this street, get certificate and have their pictures taken. It’ll be a wonderful experience.

  5. Chino Chino
    August 3, 2010    

    This street is crazy. Cars would have a hard time passing into this street. sick!

  6. October 12, 2010    

    I remembered Mr Bean passing this street in one of the episode of his show. It has become popular that’s why lot of tourists would take a photo on this street.

  7. November 29, 2011    

    Back in June did a post on this – didn’t know about Canton AVe Pittsburgh though and neither do Guiness World Records or Wikipedia by the looks of it.

    • November 29, 2011    

      I’m sure many places are trying to claim the record for tourist attraction purposes!

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