Recently usurped from its throne of being the world's steepest residential road by a street in Wales, Baldwin Street has naturally become a spot of tourist attraction for people wide and across the world. Located in the North East Valley of Dunedin, New Zealand, the street can be visited along with several other secondary tourist attractions in one day trip itself.
The street runs for around 3.5 kilometers along the northeast region of Dunedin’s central business district. It covers from the east of Lindsay Creek towards the Signal Hill in Opoho. The steepest point rises up to about 70 meters above sea level. The street is best visited during summer which an annual event of cycling is held, both for fitness and charitable purposes.
The steepness the street is famous was originally unintentional and was merely out architectural dysfunctioning because of uneven terrains. It was laid by surveyor Charles Kettle who designed it in reverence for the impeccably laid out Edinburgh Newtown.
He passed away during the time of its construction but it was eventually developed into a unique attraction when it was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Record for being the steepest residential roads to date. It has since been surpassed by a street in Wales. The maximum official gradient of the slope is 19 degrees, with some areas rising to even 21 degrees but is not recorded officially.