Ruby Pook

New Zealand Guide

Ruby is a Kiwi, a North Islander who was born on the Kapiti Coast north of Wellington in the bottom half of the North Island. She lived there for 18 years until she move to Dunedin for university.

Ruby likes to get away most weekends and do something fun in the outdoors. In the summer you can find her tramping, camping, or kayaking around the beautiful New Zealand countryside discovering new places. In the winter Ruby will most likely be spending her time up the mountains snowboarding.

Do you have any special talents?

Tricky question..... I can make a 3 leaf clover with my tongue, and I can put my feet behind my head! Haha!

What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?

I spent one week exploring Paradise in Mount Aspiring National Park with fellow PE students, we did some serious bush bashing and a long slog up Mount Alaska! We had camp fires every night and spent some nights sleeping under the stars.

Do you have a favourite quote?

Yes I have a few, Dr Seuss is too good to have to only choose one!

"You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!" - Dr Seuss.

"Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one." - Dr Seuss.

Have you studied beyond school? If so in what?

I have just finished a Bachelors degree in Physical Education Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Otago in Dunedin.

Ruby Pook


“Spectacular. Really learned to enjoy her efforts and knowledge and enthusiasm. She kept our meals on schedule and we enjoyed them all. (James did a nice job grilling too). Ruby is a true ambassador for NZ.”
- Jack Quinn III (St. Louis, Missouri, United States), Lois Quinn (Saint Louis, Missouri, United States), Rimu March 2018

“Ruby was equally terrific. She has a great sense of humor and was very thoughtful. Excellent cook-can't believe all the wonderful meals she whipped up for us.”
- Jeanne Reynolds (Washington, DC, United States), Rimu January 2018

“A very good cook, fun and charming!”
- Larry Cates (Whitefish, Montana, United States), Rimu November 2017

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)

    Graduation gift of a lifetime

    As a recent college graduate, the one thing I wanted to do was travel. I was completely unfamiliar with New Zealand, and my parents wanted to ensure I was safe and could know where I was going each day. Active Adventures was a great way to have the time of my life while being safe. Our group ranged in activity levels, but Andy and Jo made sure we all were comfortable while encouraging us every step of the way. From my initial call with the Active team, to booking, and eventually the trip, I did not have a single problem and had the experience of a lifetime! Thanks Mom and Dad, and thank you Active Adventures!
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    – Pennsylvania, United States
    Tui, February 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)

    Nov 5 2016 Kiwi with Nick B and Jess

    Active Adventures allowed me to experience the breathtaking beauty of the South Island, New Zealand. I had so much fun. I had really high hopes for the trip of a lifetime before we left. My expectations were not only met but surpassed. Nick and Jess were great as was our small group of fellow travelers. The Active Adventures team were responsive to needs and made the trip care free. I would highly recommend the Kiwi trip and would do it again in a heartbeat. I would also look to do Active Adventures other trips when we go to travel again. At the conclusion of our trip, my wife and I asked ourselves what would we do differently if doing it again. Both of our answers was nothing different.
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    – Indiana, United States
    Kiwi, December 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)

    Trip of a Lifetime!

    This was such an amazing trip! Our guides Ash and Astrid did a fantastic job. Everyday was met with amazing views and challenging activities like kayaking, biking and hiking. Two weeks felt like a month because we did so much in one day but there was still some down time to enjoy the beauty that is New Zealand. A must for anyone who wants to be active in New Zealand.
    Kilo Piedra Review Image
    – California, United States
    Rimu, March 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)

    One Honey Sweet of an Adventure

    Outstanding tramping with superior guides
    Jim Crookston Review Image
    – Pennsylvania, United States
    Manuka, February 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16218 reviews)


    What an amazing introduction to the North Island. Every day was unique - starting with the hiking and boogie boarding on the sand dunes to seeing a kiwi released was exceptional. Walking through the rain forest and seeing the phenomenal kauri trees are memories we will treasure forever!
    Ben Thorlakson Review Image
    – Alberta, Canada
    Kauri, January 2017



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