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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  • Don't go out of your way to see this, but if you're in the area, take a quick look at it. It really is quite steep (we tried walking up!). And I found it interesting how some of the residents have cap...  more »
  • Very step. Wouldn't want to run up it but people do. Amazing they have this right in the town like any regular street.  more »
  • Not really worth the trip to see this unless it's along the way from point A to point B. It's just a steep street with really no tourist attractions.  more »
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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