Baldwin Street in Dunedin is celebrated as being the steepest street in the world. It can be found in North East Valley (NEV), which is the suburb next to Opoho. Baldwin Street climbs halfway up Signal Hill and comes effectively to a no exit. There are no streets running off Baldwin Street, it is lined by houses. It is effectively a residential street. Runners can get to the top and back again within two minutes — if they are very good. Every day tourist buses stop at Baldwin Street and people attempt to walk to the top of the street. Baldwin Street is well advertised in North East Valley. There is a former Post Office on the corner of a street about a block away which has been converted into a tourist shop. It sells certificates for people who have climbed to the top of the street and survived far enough to come into the shop and buy a certificate.

The reason why I mention is that I am regularly stopped as I walking down Signal Hill Road by cars of visitors which way is it to Baldwin Street. There is no connection from Signal Hill Road to Baldwin Street. The driver either has to turn around and go back down Opoho Road to the traffic lights and turn right onto North Road, or drive up Signal Hill Road and turn left at Blacks Road to drive down and turn onto North Road there.

Alternatively they could drive to the end of Signal Hill Road to the Centennial Monument at the top of the hill and enjoy the view of Otago Harbour. It’s a fantastic view up there. I don’t think you can see Baldwin Street from there. I don’t know if the boy racers enjoy the view. They seem to enjoy the ride up the hill by the noise that they make.

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