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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

  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 reviews)

    Amazing Tui Trip

    We had an amazing time in New Zealand and enjoyed our Tui trip of the South Island! It was an excellent way to travel and see so many different places in one trip. Our guides, Eve and Katie, were great! They were extremely knowledgeable and very attentive to our needs, and always made sure we were well fed. We would definitely recommend the Tui trip to anyone traveling to New Zealand!
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    – Pennsylvania, United States
    Tui, November 2017
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 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 4983 reviews)

    2017 Oct/Nov Rimu

    My 2017 Rimu trip was fantastic! Somehow our fabulous guides Ben and Emma arranged for clear sunny skies, a great mix of travelers, and an all around fun time. Seriously though, our group of 10/11 (we had a late addition) got along well from day 1 - we learned about each other's backgrounds, played cards and dice games, and shared bottles of wine. Ben and Emma worked tirelessly to make sure our travels were smooth - often 16+ hour days for them. Emma cooked wonderful meals for us and made sure everyone's dietary requests were met. Ben drove Whina (our bus) so well for so many hours to get us to our destinations - we'll never forget the tunnel! And they both were great guides on the hikes. Thanks for all the wonderful memories!
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    – North Carolina, United States
    Rimu, December 2017
  •   4.70 out of 5 (from 266 reviews)

    Have recommended to friends

    When I returned home, all my friends asked about my Active Adventures adventure. It was wonderful - I have recommended Kiwi to them. Great guides, Michelle & Jess, flexibly rescheduled hikes considering the weather.
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    – New York, United States
    Kiwi, March 2017
  •   4.38 out of 5 (from 1211 reviews)

    An Outstanding Time!

    The north island deserves more notice than it gets in the press. A different world than the south island, well worth any time you can give it.
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    – Tennessee, United States
    Kauri, April 2017

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