This is more fun than sport. On the other hand: If you are not fit you will not make it to the top. At least not on your feet ;-)
There are many steep streets in Dunedin, so a walking week there could be like a little training camp. The steepest street of all is Baldwin Street which - according to the Guinness Book of Records - is even the steepest street in the world.
It has a maximum gradient of 1m in 2.86m. This means: For every 2.86m horizontal it goes up 1m vertically.
The horizontal length of Baldwin St is 359m, it goes up 69.2m, and the gradient is 19%.
Every year in mid February there is a competition called the Gutbuster (part of the Dunedin Summer Festival) in which the competitors run up and down Baldwin St as fast as they can.
In whatever time you finish your climb you can get a certificate in a tourist shop at the corner of North Road and Baldwin St - but it is not open from mid June to early September.
Try gliding. Go to Omarama (Canterbury) to take a glider flight over the Otago Region, and venture into the mountains. Of course there is a pilot, you aren't launched up there alone!!
This sport is totally weather permitting though.
Otago has a rugby team on the Super 12 competition. They are known as "The Highlanders" and wear yellow and blue. Being, also, a strong university region with Otago University, the team has a strong and very loyal following of students. Many out of town students become Otago supporters and remain such for the rest of their lives!!
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