Jaffas and adventurers: life on the world’s steepest street

Baldwin Street, in the New Zealand city of Dunedin, is attracting tens of thousands of sightseers and a few people bent on danger

Most people take 10 times to clamber the worlds steepest residential street. But Bindi Bezar, who were working in a pop-up gift store near the bottom, does it in seven.

I have angina and climbing 276 gradations is cheaper than “re going to the” gym, said Bezar.

Baldwin Street, located on the north face of Signal Hill in Dunedin, New Zealand, is booming.

Since being included in the Guinness Book of Records for its wearying 1:3 gradient, it has enjoyed neighbourhood stake. But now Dunedin is a stopping point for international ocean liner, the street has become the top sightseer end in New Zealands oldest municipality.

In the busy season between October and February, the thousands of tourists see the street each day, starting at 6am and often sustaining until dark which in the summer can be 11 pm.

It has also become a hot spot for daredevil plays fanatics – who trike, bike and slide down the gradient in anything with rotations.

In response, a multitude of entrepreneurial occupants have opened endow browses and food shops with more permanent infrastructure such as public toilet potentially on the horizon.

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