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Ruby Emanuel

New Zealand Guide

Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I grew up in a tiny seaside town in south-eastern Australia, on the border of Wilsons Promontory National Park. My father was a parks ranger and my mother taught physical education so we spent lots of time outdoors and they’re both very passionate about the natural environment. I moved to Melbourne for university and once I graduated I moved around a lot, working in Auckland, Perth, Sydney, Canada and throughout Europe.

What are your hobbies?
I love cooking (especially baking), reading a good book, getting out into nature and hiking. I especially like going on multi-day tramping adventures to stay at backcountry huts.

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?
Working at a remote fly-in wilderness lodge in the far north of Canada - watching the aurora borealis around the campfire in -45 celcius is something I’ll never forget. We also did plenty of skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing, and went on overnight canoe trips once the lake unfroze. There was also a First Nations university in residence - we were able to join some of the classes and learnt some awesome outdoor skills.

What did you do before you became a guide?
After graduating from university I worked as a financial analyst in corporate restructuring for a few years before moving to Canada to pursue a more outdoors-based lifestyle. I have worked in a number of tourism roles over the past few years throughout Canada and Europe, mainly in remote environments. When I’m not working for Active I work at a hike-in teahouse near Lake Louise in Canada. It’s very rustic, without electricity or running water, but living in such a pristine natural environment is an amazing privilege.

Describe a life experience that has shaped you today?
In 2016 I left my corporate job in Australia to spend a month walking the Camino de Santiago, an 800km historic pilgrimage route across the north of Spain. I met some amazing people, enjoyed the beautiful scenery, and the food and wine was pretty amazing too! I have since walked two other Camino routes in 2017 and 2018 and would one day like to open my own hostel/kitchen on the Camino.

Have you studied beyond school? If so in what?
I completed an Arts/Commerce degree at the University of Melbourne, became a chartered accountant and worked as a financial analyst until 2016 when I left office life to go travelling and never went back!

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“Ah.. the Kitchen and Logistics Goddess! Ruby was such a delight, and her positive attitude quite infectious. I loved the music playlists she would put on during long van rides, and watching her learn how to throw a frisbee with Nick, as well.”
- Maggie Hopffgarten (Palisade, Colorado, United States), Rimu October 2018

“I still can't believe our Rimu was only Ruby's 2nd Active Adventures' trip because she was professional, organized, energetic and - I've written about this already - an amazing cook and meal planner. Case in point: on one of our last 2 dinners, after almost 2 weeks on the road, she remembered I don't like asparagus and served me string beans instead. How awesome is that?!! Plus, our bus snack basket always had fresh fruit and crunchy bars, etc. And she and Nick told great riddles. Ruby also had suggestions for eating in Queenstown that turned out to be great places. ”
- Marianne Wallace (Monrovia, California, United States), Rimu October 2018

“This was only Ruby’s second trip & she performed like a pro. She & Nick got on great, as if they’d been working together for years. She made a special effort to acknowledge & celebrate my birthday, decorating the bus, putting together a celebration playlist & creating a special dessert, complete with candle :-)”
- Peggy Ensign (Palisade, Colorado, United States), Rimu October 2018

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 5008 reviews)

    Experience of a Lifetime!

    Active Adventures was an incredible trip. We had two excellent and knowledgeable guides that were a real team and complemented themselves very well--plus the meals they prepared were awesome. They REALLY made our trip special! There were so many new activities for me that I had never done before that I can't even pick a favorite--I loved them all. New Zealand is a beautiful country, and your well thought out itinerary certainly allowed us to see and experience it in unique ways--hiking, cycling, kayaking, wine tasting, etc. Celebrating my 66th birthday with champagne and fresh strawberries after hiking up Searly Tarn trail was a birthday I will truly never forget! Thank you Active Adventures!
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    – Michigan, United States
    Rimu, November 2016
  •   4.39 out of 5 (from 1229 reviews)

    Jan 31 2017 Kauri with Andrew and Jo

    Awesome trip. Andy and Jo were excellent guides. Loved Andy's music selection. Themed for the various activities (played Queen Fat Bottom Girls as we drove to mountain biking). He gave us great insight into the history of New Zealand as well as the flora and fauna. And Jo was an excellent cook and companion.
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    – California, United States
    Kauri, March 2017
  •   4.76 out of 5 (from 21 reviews)

  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1904 reviews)

    Birthday we'll never forget

    We expected a great trip with where we were going, BUT Active Adventures guides (Michele and Rachael) made it that much more special. Their knowledge, expertise and storytelling abilities made it fun and engaging. Accommodations were better than anticipated, they were great.
    An absolute must for those thinking about this type of a trip.
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    – California, United States
    Tui, February 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1904 reviews)

    Tui Trip

    The Tui tour was the best trip I've ever had, all the group was great and very friendly, there was a very good feeling with all the group. It was so great to see all the nice places that you have in NZ, the tour passed so fast that I would love to do another one with you guys! And what about the super guides that we had - Jordy and Holly! They are the best ever, I would like to thank them again so much for the great time we had with them, I'm ready to do more! Holly next time we'll do the swimming race in the lake? Thanks a lot again, Ia orana from Tahiti.
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    – tahiti teahupoo, French Polynesia
    Tui, May 2017



Why travel with Active Adventures?

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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