Different angle to Baldwin Street

Baldwin Street in Dunedin is supposed to be the steepest street in the world. I’ve always wondered about that and am not sure how comprehensively that has been checked out but it’s quite steep. I’ve been up it two or three times.

It has become quite a tourist attraction. I’m not really sure why.

Today was a special occasion with the annual jaffa race, with a crowd of 15,000 odd attending. It was a perfect fine cool day for it.

BaldwinJaffas

It looks like the have different jaffas these days. I wouldn’t know, I eat them as often as i walk up Baldwin Street (but I remember them from a long time ago and they were rolled and bounced when we went to the ‘pictures’).

But Baldwin is getting some exposure on social media for other reasons too.

NZH: Bizarre photos from Dunedin’s Baldwin Street leave internet users scratching their heads

A suburban street in New Zealand has become an unlikely tourist attraction, after people shared photos on social media of a bizarre optical illusion.

That’s typical JAFA ignorance, Baldwin has been a tourist attraction for quite a while already so it’s not unlikely.

Photos posted on Instagram have been getting some attention.

Baldwin Street holds the proud title of being the steepest street in the world. Photo / @plscallmesam Instagram

Photo / @plscallmesam Instagram

Just looking at things on Baldwin Street from a bit of a different angle.

This Instagram user posted a photo of this house on Dunedin Street with the caption: 'How to mess with people's minds - anchor your letterbox so that it's on the same incline as the street. Voila! Your house is now sinking!'. Photo / @jemimakate Instagram

‘How to mess with people’s minds – anchor your letterbox so that it’s on the same incline as the street. Voila! Your house is now sinking!’. Photo / @jemimakate Instagram

Baldwin Street has become an unlikely tourist attraction, after people have shared photos on social media of a bizarre optical illusion. Photo / @kasparschiesser Instagram

Photo / @kasparschiesser Instagram

The Herald sourced that from the Daily Mail overseas (UK). Here’s it’s link:

Bizarre photos from a New Zealand street where all the houses stand at an angle leave internet users scratching their heads – so can you figure out the optical illusion?

  • Baldwin Street in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s South Island, holds the title for the steepest street in the world 
  • When photos of houses are taken on an angle, it creates a bizarre optical illusion
  • By tilting the camera to one side, tourists are creating the illusion that the houses are sinking into the ground 
  • The stretch of road is a short straight street that is a little under 350 metres long

They have some more pics and videos that show how steep it is, including this one that includes some more traditional jaffas.

The street is renowened for the Cadbury Jaffa Race where thousands of red chocolates are released at the top of the hill to raise money for charity

 

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  1. Zedd

     /  22nd July 2016

    I heard its becoming a global phenomena.. the ‘sinking houses on Baldwin St.’ (the worlds steepest street) “How bizarre”

    btw; who said we don’t welcome JAFAS to our city.. the more the merrier ! 😀

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  2. Brown

     /  22nd July 2016

    It has become quite a tourist attraction. I’m not really sure why.

    Because its cool, different and pretty steep towards the top. I always go up when visiting – made wifey really nervous. Anything with gravity as a feature is potentially really good fun. Its Dunedin’s best attraction in my view after the railway station and is free. What’s not to like?

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  22nd July 2016

      If it’s NOT the world’s steepest street, I don’t want to climb the one that IS. Baldwin was bad enough-but one has to do it. Friends lived in nearby Mechanic St which was almost as bad ! I remember being very nervous walking down it on winter days with a bit of frost on the ground. I bet that nobody who lives in the area tries to get away with not having an up to date WOF on the car, these are not streets in which one would want to discover that the brakes are faulty.

      Who was the genius who decided that these were great streets to build in ? Imagine the materials being taken up !!!

      Am I imagining it, or is there a race up it ? That really would be a global phenomenon.

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      • Zedd

         /  22nd July 2016

        @kck

        there was a local TV short-program, several years ago.. about some crazy students who were practicing skateboarding on nearby streets.
        At the end, it showed them standing at the top of Baldwin St. BUT it finished as they looked about ready.. to start the run ! 🙂

        I think it was titled ‘The Bombing of Baldwin St.’ ??

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  22nd July 2016

          I should hope that they didn’t do it, or the programme would be called The Burials on Baldwin St, unless they had safety nets….but they could well bust through them.

          There IS a race, it’s called The Gutbuster. I will NOT be participating. Any takers ? Pete ? Gezza ? Zedd ?

          I have seen Baldwin St on optical illusion websites.

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          • Gezza

             /  22nd July 2016

            I’ll be pretty busy the day The Gutbusters on unfortunately Kitty – doing something I’ve had planned to do for a long time for the day when I don’t want to be doing something so punishing it’d probably kill me.

            And frankly, lookin @ Zedd’s profile pic, I think his body’s a bit past its athletic peak too. 😐

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          • No I don’t do that sort of thing. Back in the day we used to do training runs up Lynn Street, that’s enough for me.

            I drive down one of the steepest streets most days, it’s safer than alternatives in the frost and snow because it’s straight and has no cars parked on it, and you’re less likely to get frost on steeper slopes anyway.

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          • Zedd

             /  22nd July 2016

            I walked up to the top on my 50th (a few years back) & got the certificate to prove it. BUT a slow walk is about the best I could manage ! 🙂

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  3. patupaiarehe

     /  22nd July 2016

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    • Gezza

       /  22nd July 2016

      Orsim. Love to know what the premiums are for their life insurance policies. 😐

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  4. Missy

     /  23rd July 2016

    The DM have updated their story by the looks if they are now (correctly) saying Dunedin is in the South Island as the first run of the story said it was in the North Island!

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