The Baldwin Street is beautifully located in the city of Dunedin, in the southern New Zeeland. The street received the name of being the steepest street in the world. This 350 meters long street starts with a moderate slope and then climbs steeply reaching a maximum slope of about 19 degrees. The Baldwin Street is so steep that its surface had to be made of concrete instead of asphalt, because on a very hot day the tar would flow down the slope. The city was established during the 1860s gold rush, and represents a rare place — a city where all the historical masterpieces are located within walking distance.
Carefully rigged by Maoris, Scots and Chinese, the city nowadays is the second largest city in the South Island and home to some of the country’s most wonderful architecture. The tourists are advised against taking a car up the street. It is a very exciting walk to the top on a cold day. It is only a ten minute walk but people can surely feel it, offering a great experience. The slope of the Baldwin Street reaches a maximum of approximately 19° or 35%, for every 2.86 metres walking horizontally, the altitude goes up to one meter.
It represents a short straight street of a little under 350 metres in length, that rises from 30 metres above the sea level at its junction with North Road and reaches about 100 metres above the sea level at the top, giving it an average slope of slightly more than 1:5. Its lower part has a moderate steepness, and the surface is asphalt, but the upper part is steeper, and surfaced in concrete, for a better maintenance.
The ideal explanation is that the town planners laid the city out with neat grid streets following the comfort of their desks in England with no regard to the teritorry or to natural obstacles, because the planners have not been visited the New Zealand. The steep portion of the road itself is concreted as asphalt could definitely during the warmer summer months. Every year in summer, there is a race to run up and down Baldwin Street and some fans also try to venture up on unicycles.
By Eugenia Cvasov
The Steepest Roads in the World .
Have you ever seen some difficult streets or roads to climb? It sounds strange but there are some amazing streets, very steep and dangerous during some seasons.
To live at the top of one of these roads would be an absolute nightmare.
The steepest roads in the world are wonderful sited,must visit landscapes, that offer spectacular views and exciting adventures.
These wonderful streets are unique places, that were created due to the geographical position or due to their geology transfomation, offering some exceptional attractions.
If you want to live the best moments of your life than choose some of these radical destinations and make your own opinion based on reality.
This will be an unforgettable adventure for you, with fantastic sensations.
Do not hesitate and enjoy some wonderful moments, while visiting the steepest roads in the world!!!!!!
Baldwin Street - Beautiful street
Baldwin Street - Unique place
Baldwin Street - Unique place
Baldwin Street - Nice view from the top
Baldwin Street - Excellent view
Baldwin Street - Exceptional street
Baldwin Street - Beautiful view
Baldwin Street - Interesting view