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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.


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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“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

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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