Do you know where is the steepest street in the world? It’s in Dunedin, New Zealand!
Meet, Baldwin street.
According to Wikipedia, A short straight street of a little under 350 metres length, Baldwin Street runs east from the valley of the Lindsay Creek up the side of Signal Hill towards Opoho, rising from 30 metres (98 ft) above sea level at its junction with North Road to 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level at the top, an average slope of slightly more than 1:5. Its lower reaches are of only moderate steepness, and the surface is asphalt, but the upper reaches of this cul-de-sac are far steeper, and surfaced in concrete, for ease of maintenance (bitumen — in either chip seal or asphalt — would flow down the slope on a warm day) and for safety in Dunedin’s frosty winters. At its maximum, the slope of Baldwin Street is approximately 1:2.86 (19° or 35%) – that is, for every 2.86 metres travelled horizontally, the elevation rises by 1 metre.
Sounds complicated and dangerous.
I didn’t know Guinness record book has such category. Well, Guinness has all sort of ‘guinness record’ things.
It was on our way to Lake Tekapo. The bus driver wanted to show us really special place. (About the bus, I’m gonna talk about it in different article.) He show us all sort of fun things on the way and it was one of them.
Baldwin street is just in a residence area. Not touristy at all, in my opinion.
First we got there, I thought ‘well, it’s a street and people clearly live there, so how steep is this can be?’
So we started to walk, and short while after I could feel the steepness! Feels like my center of gravity is moving forward to make a balance.
When I look back, it makes me dizzy. Woow, I was not on the top! So I just hike up. Yes, Hiking would be appropriate word to describe what we did.
However the view, wow. Althought concrete street is on the middle of that view, but feels like on the top of some small mountain.
Finally on the top. According to the instruction, we are above 100 meters sea level. I have no idea how much that would be, but feel so dangerous for sure. I don’t know how everyone go up and down everyday! Look at the parked car. Doesn’t it look scary? What if the gear is just got loose?
All the worries besides, I feel so thrilled to be up. Look at the view! So refreshing! And there are actual houses people live. They must be so healthy with all these exercises everyday.
See my leg is slightly lifted? It is for making balance. It was crazy fun!
If you are near Dunedin, drop by Baldwin street, the steepest street in the world, and feel the thrill! World most “something” is worth to see, sometimes it’s really lame but not this one.
But, be careful. If you drop a small rock, it could literally kill someone, because of all the kinetic energy, you know. 🙂