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Pepper Ruston

New Zealand Guide

Pepper is another of our Australian guiding contingent. And we're glad to have her! Pepper was born on the Gold Coast and lived there until she was 20. Since then she'd been living in a little mountain town called Jasper in the Canadian Rockies, before deciding to come and check out what New Zealand is all about.

Hobbies?

I love backcountry skiing, rafting, sailing, kayaking, mountain biking.... basically anything outdoors!

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?

So far I would have to say the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island in Canada. While it’s only 75km over 6 days I have never seen so much mud and so many ladders in my life (the biggest being some 218 rungs!). The track was built to help rescue survivors from shipwrecks along the dangerous coastline and so there was heaps of history as well as gorgeous wildlife. Exhausting but incredible!

Any special talents?

I'm a below average juggler, and I can touch my nose with my tongue (I haven't tried the two at the same time - but I don't think it's beyond me).

Have you studied beyond school?

I have a Bachelor of Science majoring in Wildlife Biology and Ecotourism from Griffith University on the Gold Coast.

Favourite Quote?

"A ship is safe in hardbour, but that's not what ships are built for." - John A. Shedd

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Testimonials

“Pepper was equally fun! She was extremely outgoing, friendly, and had a wealth of knowledge about the different things we saw along our trip. If Kaleb didn’t have an immediate answer to something, she always seemed to know it, and vice versa, so they paired well together. She was a fantastic cook, and even when we spent nights in a hut with no electricity she managed to spring up the most amazing dishes (some of the other hut guests were definitely jealous of our meals). Once again, our guides made the trip and I have nothing but good things to say about both of them!”
- Kevin Bui (Dover, New Hampshire, United States), Rimu October 2018

“Pepper is awesome. Always smiling, even when careying two backpacks! She is a great cook and super fun to be around. Her upbear personality is infectious. Great job!!”
- Michael Meyer (Naperville, Illinois, United States), Rimu January 2018

“Awesome individual. Gave every participant personal attention, with sensitivity to personal goals for the trip. Worked extremely well with co-leader. Total "can do" attitude. Ridiculous amount of energy (a lot!).”
- Valerie Canter (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States), Rimu March 2018

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

    Joy Project; New Zealand's North Island

    The Tongariro Crossing was the highlight of my visit of the Northern Island. I felt as though we were trekking on another planet.

    Andrew and Claire shared their extensive knowledge of New Zealand’s culture, land, flora and fauna while offering great music on Dick, the bus and fabulous meals!

    I was asked about traveling to New Zealand alone. I explained I was not alone but traveling with twelve friends I had not met yet. This turned out to be factual.
    Lynn Marie
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    – Michigan, United States
    Kauri, August 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

    EBC 2017 Trip

    What an amazing experience! There was so much more to the trek than was advertised. The immersion into the Nepali culture was unexpected and a delight. DK and his crew are professionals! They kept us safe and got us across across the finish line. We had a blast while we were doing it. I can not say enough about our porter team too! What a terrific group of men. Whom ever does your hiring should get a raise. Keep up the awesome adventures.
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    – Ohio, United States
    EBC, May 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

    Tui Trip Nov 2017

    My husband and I, along with two other friends, went on the 8 day Tui Trip in November of 2017. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. We spent additional time in NZ on our own, but the Tui Trip was the hands down highlight. This type of trip was our of our usual wheelhouse, typically preferring city based trips, but this may have changed our outlook forever! The day hike in Siberia Valley and night spent under the stars was a personal favorite. Ben and Liana were incredible guides. They made us feel at home immediately, and kept it fun and casual throughout. Our group was the perfect size. By the end of 8 days, it felt like we were leaving a new family behind. I would recommend this trip to anyone and everyone and would do it again in a heart beat!
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    – Pennsylvania, United States
    Tui, December 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

    Virgin Active Adventurist-When can I do it again?!

    Fabulous trip! Not having to drive, research stops, plan activities, arrange accommodations and decide what to eat made this so relaxing, letting us enjoy every minute of every activity and even the down time! I can't wait to sign up for another trip!
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    – Minnesota, United States
    Tui, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16016 reviews)

    Great Guides, Beautiful Countryside

    The trip was an exciting experience of New Zealand. The guides took very good care of us and helped with any of our needs and wishes. I am so pleased with the trip and would recommend it to anyone who wants to see beautiful scenery and take an active part in enjoying it. I would and may do it again .
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    – New York, United States
    Kiwi, February 2018

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