After several days visiting in Paraparaumu we began our road trip. Cally’s uncle kindly let us borrow his car. Our first destination was the town of Whanganui. On the way to Whanganui, we passed an area that had several dune lakes. We stopped at one called, “Duddings Lake.” No one else was there but I did make friends with a dog. It’s a small, serene lake lined by trees on one side. We enjoyed the scenery while eating a snack and then continued our drive to Whanganui.