New Zealand is not only country with beautiful natural wealth, it is also the place where the phenomenal trilogy 'Lord of the Rings' was filmed. However, this destination has one more interesting feature - The steepest street in the world.

The residents of Baldwin Street do not have to worry about floods at all! However the city has never tried to correct the so called "deformity" with Baldwin Street and today Dunedin residents are proud of the appearance.

The street itself is less than a quarter mile long, for every ~9 horizontal feet you walk, you’re climbing about three feet.


With a length of 359 meters, the road rises to a height of almost 80 meters,the reason it won a Guinness Record as the steepest street in a settlement.

This 350-meter Baldwin Street starts with a moderate tilt and then steeply rising. The greatest slope is about 1: 2.86 (20 degrees or 38%) and that would mean that every 2.86 meters height grows one meter.

This unusually steep road is the result of bad planning. The street was designed by specialists in London, who had no idea of the topography of the city. This led to the construction of a number of streets that are on extremely steep hills.

Baldwin Street is concreted, but is not covered with asphalt, because in warmer days it is possible to flow down the slope. Interesting fact is that people living on this street have slanting houses

There are numerous charity events and competitions held in every summer. Since 2002, the street event held Cadbury Jaffa Race, which is part of the festival Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival.

Cadbury Jaffa Race consists of 30,000 spherical sweet Jaffa which are rolling from top to bottom in Baldwin Street.

Before the start, each of your candy balls gets its own pasted number, so they can be distinguished from each other.

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