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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

  • "Koru and Pepper could not have been better - they make a great team and we were able to do practically everything as promised, and then some."
    Scott Lee (Singapore) December 2017
  • "Koru and Pepper were so nice, professional, helpful, and now friends! Rime was made all the more pleasant by these two top guides. I recommend the Rimu and Koru and Pepper as guides. Thank you Koru, thank you Pepper, thank you Active Adventures!"
    Alfredo Furukawa (Parana, Brazil) December 2017

Trip Reviews

  4.52 out of 5 (from 4879 reviews)

Best trip I have ever taken

There are many layers to this trip
1. The Group - It was really fun being in a group, and our group was really fun! Sometimes I hung out with people in my family, sometimes I hung out with someone else in the group. This variety and freedom was very enjoyable.
2. The Guides - Koru and Ash were sooo great. Koru is a polished, learned and experienced leader. Ash is a fabulous cook, so much fun, and cared about each of us on the trip.
3. The Country - Stunning! We covered so much of the South Island that we were able to see many sides of it's weather and terrain. Really great route.
4. Activities - It was great sharing a physical activity with others, something I know brings people together. Hiking was great. At the end of a long hike was a fabulous surprise, like a glacial lake with ice burgs, or a beautiful high-mountain vista, or a glo-worm tunnel. Biking was super fun, and I wish there had been one more day of it. In hind site I personally would have selected the biking 3day excursion. The kayaking was great. Heavy chop or glassy lakes, we kayaked in it.
5. Accommodations - These were just great. As nice as it can be being out in the countryside. I loved how we all ate together every meal.
5. Pace - I thought the trip was very well planned. Just when we needed a break in the beginning from jet lag, and our trip activities, a two day respite was there in Queenstown where we could recharge. I recharged and my family bungy jumped! Also, activities were structured so that the not so keen could bail out at a stopping point.
Ginny Nayden Review Image
– Maryland, United States
Rimu, January 2017
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