The World's Steepest Street, Dunedin

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While touring Dunedin, make sure to stop by The World's Steepest Street, the steepest street in the world and one of the city's best-known landmarks. A result of urban planning more concerned with maintaining a grid pattern than with actual terrain features, the street plummets at an incredible 35-percent gradient on its steepest section. The world-famous attraction hosts several annual events, including a grueling race to the top and back down again. For any cyclist visiting Dunedin, conquering the street's slope will certainly earn some bragging rights. A visit to The World's Steepest Street represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Dunedin travel itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Better trying rather not drive to boot up this road. You make it hard. Better to walk and enjoy the view from the top.
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  • This is a street. A very steep street. It's just one of those things you have to do if you're in Dunedin. Plenty of parking along the side streets. One side has stairs- sort of makes the climb easier....  more »
  • Nothing else but a steep street, would not make an extra effort to go visit here unless you have lived on the flat your entire life. 
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  • Possibly a little bit over-hyped, this street was a neat visit. It is certainly extremely steep. One thing to be aware of though is that you can't drive up the street...we saw a couple of campervans that had gotten stuck since they assumed they could either drive up the street or have space to turn around. Be aware of parking. Otherwise this is a great tourist spot!
  • Very cool to see and walk up and down...there are stairs on the one side to walk up easier....careful crossing from cars whizzing up and down
  • Good views (and water fountain) at the top. Great photos to be had with angled houses when it first gets steep, on the right. Made it in under 7 minutes.
  • Must see when you are in Dunedin. As this is a public street it is astonishing and the best bit it is free!
  • A must visit. Might have to bring some ping pong balls next time lol