Whether you are a nature lover, thrill chaser, energetic adventurer or are a lover of the rich and the famous, New Zealand is the place for you. That is true! Agreed no place on Earth can rival New Zealand when it comes to its physical charms. But then, the country boasts of an incredible number of great men and women who stands as a testament to the country’s versatility and superlative talent. These internationally acclaimed New Zealanders inspired, radicalized, and changed the world with the ground-braking thought, actions, and accomplishments, thereby capturing the world’s imagination. From Edmund Hillary, one of the first men to conquer Mt. Everest to Katherine Mansfield, the short story pioneer and from Bruce McLaren, the legendary racecar driver to Richard Pearse, the trailblazing aviator, these Kiwis have stamped excellence in whatever enterprise they took to. Explore the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts on some famous New Zealanders in the biographies below.
Russell CroweRussell Crowe
07 April 1964
Anna PaquinAnna Paquin
24 July 1982

Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967

Karl UrbanKarl Urban
07 June 1972

Peter ThielPeter Thiel
11 October 1967
Co-founder of PayPal

Jemaine ClementJemaine Clement
10 January 1974
New Zealand Comedian
Peter JacksonPeter Jackson
31 October 1961
Film Director, Producer & Screenwriter

Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies
14 March 1976

Stella MaxwellStella Maxwell
15 May 1990
Edmund HillaryEdmund Hillary
20 July 1919
First person to climb Mt. Everest

Clarke GayfordClarke Gayford
24 October 1977
Radio Broadcaster
Nancy WakeNancy Wake
30 August 1912
British Secret Agent During World War II

Rachel Hunter Rachel Hunter
09 September 1969
Model, Actress

Kerry BishéKerry Bishé
01 May 1984

Neil FinnNeil Finn
27 May 1958

Mark HuntMark Hunt
23 March 1974
Boxer, Kickboxer
Jonah LomuJonah Lomu
12 May 1975
Rugby Player

Rob HallRob Hall
14 January 1961

Rose McIverRose McIver
10 October 1988

Sandro KoppSandro Kopp
14 February 1978
Visual Artist
Ernest RutherfordErnest Rutherford
30 August 1871
Physicist, Chemist

Sonny Bill Williams Sonny Bill Williams
03 August 1985
Boxer, Rugby Player
Anna HutchisonAnna Hutchison
08 February 1986

Bret McKenzieBret McKenzie
29 June 1976

Sam HammingtonSam Hammington
31 July 1977
Martin CampbellMartin Campbell
24 October 1943
Film Director

Burt MunroBurt Munro
25 March 1899
Motorcycle Racer
John KeyJohn Key
09 August 1961
Prime Minister of New Zealand

Kane WilliamsonKane Williamson
08 August 1990

Katherine MansfieldKatherine Mansfield
14 October 1888
Jessica NigriJessica Nigri
05 August 1989
Cosplayer, Model

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Tim BevanTim Bevan
20 December 1957
Film Producer
Aaron FinchAaron Finch
17 November 1986

Kalyn PongaKalyn Ponga
30 March 1998
Rugby Player

Sam WillsSam Wills
28 August 1978

Fred HollowsFred Hollows
09 April 1929
Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
06 October 1984
Shot Putter
Kate SheppardKate Sheppard
10 March 1847
Women's Suffrage Leader

Jean Gardner Batten Jean Batten
15 September 1909
Aviator Who Made Record Breaking Trans-world

Caito PotatoeCaito Potatoe
16 July 1997

Michael KingMichael King
15 December 1945
Historian & Biographer
Dianna FuemanaDianna Fuemana
Screenwriter, Actress

07 September 1996
YouTube Gamer

Fleur Adcock Fleur Adcock
10 February 1934

01 July 1996

Shannon HarrisShannon Harris
12 August 1992
Brooklyn KellyBrooklyn Kelly
Vlogger, Model

William WaiiruaWilliam Waiirua
Dolan DarkDolan Dark
03 June 1994

Abraham WilliamsAbraham Williams

Taika WaititiTaika Waititi
16 August 1975
Actor, Film director, Screenwriter

Jacinda ArdernJacinda Ardern
26 July 1980
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Sam NeillSam Neill
14 September 1947
Actor, Winegrower

Riley ReidRiley Reid
02 December 1978

KJ ApaKJ Apa
16 June 1997

Thomasin McKenzieThomasin McKenzie
26 July 2000

Lucy LawlessLucy Lawless
29 March 1968
Actor, Film producer, Singer
Melanie LynskeyMelanie Lynskey
16 May 1977
Actor, Film actor, Television actor

Martin HendersonMartin Henderson
08 October 1974

Cliff CurtisCliff Curtis
27 July 1968

Bruce McLarenBruce McLaren
30 August 1937
Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Temuera MorrisonTemuera Morrison
26 December 1960

Zoë BellZoë Bell
17 November 1978
Actor, Taekwondo athlete
Marton CsokasMarton Csokas
30 June 1966

Richard CurtisRichard Curtis
08 November 1956
Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer,

Rhys DarbyRhys Darby
21 March 1974
Actor, Comedian
Antony StarrAntony Starr
25 October 1975

Michael DormanMichael Dorman
26 April 1981
Manu BennettManu Bennett
10 October 1969

Alan DaleAlan Dale
06 May 1947

Julian DennisonJulian Dennison
26 October 2002
Keisha Castle-HughesKeisha Castle-Hughes
24 March 1990

Brett LeeBrett Lee
08 November 1976
Dan CarterDan Carter
05 March 1982
Rugby player

Steven AdamsSteven Adams
20 July 1993
basketball player

David TuaDavid Tua
21 November 1972
Professional boxer

Helen ClarkHelen Clark
26 February 1950
Politician, University teacher
Pamela StephensonPamela Stephenson
04 December 1949
Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Author, Television
Lindy Chamberlain-CreightonLindy Chamberlain-Creighton
04 March 1948

Fran WalshFran Walsh
10 January 1959
Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer, Songwriter,

Craig ParkerCraig Parker
12 November 1970

Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
27 May 1991
Rugby union player
Lisa HarrowLisa Harrow
25 August 1943

John MoneyJohn Money
08 July 1921
Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician, University

Brooke FraserBrooke Fraser
15 December 1983
Singer-songwriter, Singer

Bill EnglishBill English
1961 AD
politician, farmer

Zane LoweZane Lowe
07 August 1973
Disc jockey, Radio personality, Television
Jane CampionJane Campion
30 April 1954
Screenwriter, Film director, Actor

Peta MurgatroydPeta Murgatroyd
14 July 1986
Winston PetersWinston Peters
11 April 1945
Rugby union player, Politician, Diplomat

Richie McCawRichie McCaw
31 December 1980
Rugby player
Kiri Te KanawaKiri Te Kanawa
06 March 1944
Opera singer, Singer, Jazz musician, Actor
Pua MagasivaPua Magasiva
10 August 1980
Stage actor, Film actor