Baldwin Street (Dunedin, New Zealand)

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Distance: 300 metres
Average Gradient: 18%
Maximum Gradient: 35%
Elevation gain: 67 metres
Traffic:Light traffic
Terrain: Sealed
Category: 4

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Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand is listed in the Guiness Book of Records as the world’s steepest residential street peaking at a staggering 35%. It is a short straight street which is a little under 350 meters in length that’s painful just looking at.  The street’s steepness was unintentional.  When Dunedin was being settled, its streets were laid out in a grid pattern with no consideration for the terrain.  This road is very popular with locals & tourists who embrace the challenge of making it up such an insane gradient.

Image taken by Daniel Pietzsch; Flickr

Baldwin Street.  The World’s Steepest Street

The street is named after William Baldwin who was a provincial councillor who subdivided the area.

Image taken by YK Poon; courtesy of Flickr

Whilst only short.  The prospect of climbing what is considered one of the worlds steepest residential backstreets should appeal to the hill junkie.  This is the type of climb that to get to the top without walking is worth a lot of bragging rights.

Image taken by Shellie; Flickr

Please use considerable caution on the descent.  Whilst the child in you would love the thought of bombing down a street like this at full speed.  Most likely you could hit speeds of over 100 km/h, but you’ll notice from the images above how rough the road is.  Add the risk of animals, pedestrians or motor vehicles pulling out in front of you and your descent will not end well.


Baldwin Street is located in Dunedin in New Zealands South Island.  If you love your hills, there’s certainly enough around there to justify a holiday.  I can guarantee that you would be racking up a serious amount of vert in a very, very short time.

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