New Zealand is, without a doubt, one of the coolest, most beautiful places in the world. I’ve always wanted to go — but now that I know this amazing site is here, it’s definitely getting bumped up on my bucket list!
I knew that New Zealand provided the landscape for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings saga, and that it’s home to the adorable little kiwi, but I had no idea that the steepest street in the world was located here.
But judging by the amount of tourists that flock here, it looks like I’m one of the last people to learn about Baldwin Street. Currently holding the world record for steepest residential street on Earth, it’s no wonder that so many come here to revel in its slope.
Would you like to visit this little street? I definitely would — though I doubt I’d make the walk up.
After scrolling through these incredible photos, be sure to watch the video at the end. It’s a little scary, but really cool!
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In Dunedin, New Zealand, you will find the world's steepest — and possibly strangest — residential street in the world.
The street is so steep, it had to be laid with concrete instead of asphalt to prevent it from melting downwards on a hot day.
The slope of Baldwin Street is about 19° or 35%. For every 9.4 feet travelled horizontally, the elevation changes by 3 feet!
The steepness of the street was completely unintentional. As in many parts of New Zealand, the streets were laid out in a grid pattern with no consideration for the terrain.
The street is so steep, it's the venue for an annual event called the "Baldwin Street Gutbuster," during which athletes run from the base of the street to the top and back down again.
It is recognized by The Guinness Book of Records as the world's steepest street at a 35% grade.
Though the street draws a lot of tourist attraction, it also draws a lot of dangerous behavior as well.
In 2001, a 19-year-old student was killed when she and another student attempted to travel down the street inside a wheelie bin.
In 2009, three men were charged with disorderly behavior and dangerous driving after being pulled down the street in a cooler by a fast car.
But the street also draws a lot of positive activity as well, like a charity event in which thousands of red candies (called Jaffas) are unleashed at the top of the steep street. It took 31 seconds for the first five Jaffas to reach the bottom.
This street may be small, but it's certainly world famous. Tourists flock from all around to test their climbing abilities.
Would you be interested in walking up? I think I'd stay in the car.
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