The Baffling Reason Behind This Slanted Street In New Zealand

Posted on Jul 22 2016 - 12:43pm by Abi Smith
* Abi Smith for Attractions July 22, 2016

This unusual suburban street in New Zealand is becoming one of the country’s most unlikely tourist attractions, with people eager to go and see the ‘slanted street’.

Baldwin Street, in Dunedin on the South Island, is a bizarre optical illusion where the houses appear to be sinking into the ground.

Thankfully for the homeowners, this is not the case and merely the result of building houses on the world’s steepest street.

The stretch of road is a short, straight street that is a little under 350 metres long. It runs at a gradient of 1:2.86m, which means for every 2.86 metres horizontally, the elevation changes by 1 metre.

Take a look at this one-of-a-kind street for yourself and see if you are left as confused as we are.



When photos of houses on the street are taken on an angle, it creates the illusion that they are all sinking into the ground.