Baldwin Street

A postman negotiates the 274 steps that help pedestrians climb Baldwin Street, in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s steepest street. Photographs really don’t convey the terrifying steepness of the incline. To be physically there and gaze up at the impossible incline makes the heart skip a few beats.

Located in North East Valley, Dunedin,  Baldwin Street hosts a number of strange events including the now famous ‘jaffa throw’ which is part of the annual Cadbury Chocolate Carnival.  Cadbury has a large factory in the city. A total of 75,000 red candy balls called ‘jaffas’, are let loose at the top of the street in three separate races. The spectacle created as they bounce their way to the bottom, attracted 15,000 onlookers for this year’s races. Believe it or not, each jaffa is numbered and worth a dollar with people betting on the winners and the money going to charity. read more