I was in New Zealand in 2016. This trip was with a friend in the South Island.
Driving on the roads was a delight in comparison to Melbourne. The roads in New Zealand don’t have a lot of traffic. They are well signed.
The only thing we had to be wary of were the frequent land slides. In 2016 the slides weren’t that big. Later in that year however, New Zealand suffered a Magnitude-7.8 quake struck 90 kilometres north-east of Christchurch.
Earthquake Posted 14 Nov 2016, 2:46pm Local residents Chris and Viv Young look at damage caused by the earthquake, along a highway near the town of Ward, south of Blenheim on New Zealand’s South Island. Reuters: Anthony Phelps
Another issue that we had was on a particularly steep road in Dunedin. We had hired a van and were doing a picturesque drive around Dunedin. We took Baldwin Street during our travel. At the time we did not know that Baldwin Street is the Steepest Street In the World.
Baldwin Street is located in the suburb of North East Valley about 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) northeast of Dunedin’s city centre.
It is a short straight street of a little under 350 metres in length, rising from 30 metres (98 ft) above sea level at its junction with North Road to 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level at the top, giving it an average slope of slightly more than 1:5. Its lower reaches are of only moderate steepness, and the surface is asphalt, but the upper reaches of this cul-de-sac are far steeper, and surfaced in concrete. At its maximum, the slope of Baldwin Street is approximately 1:2.86 (19° or 35%) – that is, for every 2.86 metres travelled horizontally, the elevation rises by 1 metre.
I observed smoke coming from under the van and screamed to the driver. Realising the problem, the driver put the van into low drive via the gear shift. I think I screamed all the way down to safety.
House on Baldwin Street, South Island, New Zealand.
The steepest street in the World