Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter Dunedin - Otago has to say about Baldwin Street:
“The world’s steepest residential street (or so says the Guinness Book of World Records), Baldwin St has a gradient of 1 in 1.286 (19°).
From the city centre, head 2km north up Great King St to where the road branches sharp left to Timaru. Get in the right-hand lane and continue straight ahead. This becomes North Rd, and Baldwin St is on the right after 1km. Alternatively, grab a Normanby bus at the Octagon and ask the driver.
The annual ‘Gutbuster’ race in February sees up to 1,000 athletes run to the top of Baldwin St and back. The record is just under two minutes.”
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
As I noted in the test on the first photo, whenever we read that something is the ‘biggest, tallest, steepest, etc.’, and we happen to be in the area, we really like to add it to our list of ‘been there – done that – saw that’ list. When we read about Baldwin Street being recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, we just had to drive the short distance over to climb it.
The street brought to mind Lombard street, the famously twisted street in San Francisco that we drove down for the first time when we visited with our children Adia and Raj in 1987. It turns out it’s the seventh steepest street in the world, but is rated as the ‘Crookedest Street’ overall.
Of course we had to climb Baldwin Street, just because, and it was a tough slog for sure. I can’t imagine living along the street, and having to carry groceries up it. Anyone who lives on the street, and climbs it regularly would have ‘quads of steel’!