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This UNESCO recognized city is among the five largest cities in the world. This city of Scottish heritage is very youthful, with nearly a quarter of its residents between the ages of 15-25. The harbor and hills around this city are remnants of an extinct volcano. On a visit to this city you can see the only castle in its country and take a photo of the famous train station. The streets are steep and have awkward thoroughfares, which aren’t uncommon in the former British Empire, where grid layouts were often drawn by London bureaucrats thousands of miles away, not by local surveyors.
Where in the World is This Destination?
Dunedin, New Zealand
The city of Dunedin lies on New Zealand’s south island where more than one million people reside, a full one-third of New Zealand’s population. Dunedin is the 5th largest city in the world, not by population, but by land area.
Baldwin Street is the steepest street in the world. The street is so steep that asphalt would literally flow down the hill on a hot day. At the top, it has to be surfaced with concrete instead. A local fixture and tourist favorite of Scottish heritage is a neighborhood grandfather named Dave Kernahan, who runs up and down the hill no less than thirty times a day. He’s kept up this borderline-suicidal fitness program ever since he was laid off from his job in 1997. The climb is so hard on his running shoes that he sometimes goes through a pair in less than a month.
On a Dunedin cruise you may see Albatross, yellow-eyed and blue penguins, sea lions, and fur seals. Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula feature the only mainland breeding colony of the Northern Royal Albatross in the world. Albatross are large majestic seabirds with a wingspan of nine feet. Dunedin is home to some interesting locals, including the world’s rarest penguin, the yellow-eyed penguin; the world’s rarest sea lion, the New Zealand sea lion; New Zealand fur seals; and little blue penguins. Celebrity Solstice visits Dunedin on Australia/New Zealand sailings between October and April.