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.
Jacinda ArdernJacinda Ardern
26 July 1980
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Russell CroweRussell Crowe
07 April 1964
Actor

Karl UrbanKarl Urban
07 June 1972
Actor

Anna PaquinAnna Paquin
24 July 1982
Actress

Peter ThielPeter Thiel
11 October 1967
Co-founder of PayPal

Jemaine ClementJemaine Clement
10 January 1974
New Zealand Comedian
Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967
Musician

Peter JacksonPeter Jackson
31 October 1961
Film Director, Producer & Screenwriter

BeneeBenee
30 January 2000
Singer-songwriter
Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies
14 March 1976
Actor

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

Clarke GayfordClarke Gayford
24 October 1977
Radio Broadcaster

Rob HallRob Hall
14 January 1961
Mountaineer

Kerry BishéKerry Bishé
01 May 1984
Actress

Mark HuntMark Hunt
23 March 1974
Boxer, Kickboxer
Sonny Bill Williams Sonny Bill Williams
03 August 1985
Boxer, Rugby Player

Neil FinnNeil Finn
27 May 1958
Musician

Jonah LomuJonah Lomu
12 May 1975
Rugby Player

Ernest RutherfordErnest Rutherford
30 August 1871
Physicist, Chemist
Rachel Hunter Rachel Hunter
09 September 1969
Model, Actress

Rose McIverRose McIver
10 October 1988
Actress
Sandro KoppSandro Kopp
14 February 1978
Visual Artist

Bret McKenzieBret McKenzie
29 June 1976
Comedian

Anna HutchisonAnna Hutchison
08 February 1986
Actress
Burt MunroBurt Munro
25 March 1899
Motorcycle Racer

Katherine MansfieldKatherine Mansfield
14 October 1888
 
Kane WilliamsonKane Williamson
08 August 1990
Cricketer

Nancy WakeNancy Wake
30 August 1912
British Secret Agent During World War II

Sam HammingtonSam Hammington
31 July 1977
Comedian
John KeyJohn Key
09 August 1961
Prime Minister of New Zealand

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Kalyn PongaKalyn Ponga
30 March 1998
Rugby Player
Sam WillsSam Wills
28 August 1978
Comedian

Jessica NigriJessica Nigri
05 August 1989
Cosplayer, Model

Martin CampbellMartin Campbell
24 October 1943
Film Director

Tim BevanTim Bevan
20 December 1957
Film Producer
Aaron FinchAaron Finch
17 November 1986
Cricketer
Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
06 October 1984
Shot Putter

Dianna FuemanaDianna Fuemana
 
Screenwriter, Actress

Fred HollowsFred Hollows
09 April 1929
Ophthalmologist

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
YouTuber

Michael KingMichael King
15 December 1945
Historian & Biographer

Abraham WilliamsAbraham Williams
 
Cinematographer

GoodGuyFitzGoodGuyFitz
07 September 1996
YouTube Gamer
Fleur Adcock Fleur Adcock
10 February 1934
Poet

McCreamyMcCreamy
01 July 1996
Gamer
Shannon HarrisShannon Harris
12 August 1992
YouTuber

William WaiiruaWilliam Waiirua
 
Youtuber
Liam ThompsonLiam Thompson
25 April 2000
YouTuber

Brooklyn KellyBrooklyn Kelly
 
Vlogger, Model
Dolan DarkDolan Dark
03 June 1994
YouTuber

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

Sam NeillSam Neill
14 September 1947
Actor, Winegrower

Riley ReidRiley Reid
02 December 1978
Actress

KJ ApaKJ Apa
16 June 1997
Actor
Melanie LynskeyMelanie Lynskey
16 May 1977
Actor, Film actor, Television actor

Lucy LawlessLucy Lawless
29 March 1968
Actor, Film producer, Singer

Bruce McLarenBruce McLaren
30 August 1937
Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver

Martin HendersonMartin Henderson
08 October 1974
Actor
Thomasin McKenzieThomasin McKenzie
26 July 2000
Actress

Antony StarrAntony Starr
25 October 1975
Actor
Cliff CurtisCliff Curtis
27 July 1968
Actor

Marton CsokasMarton Csokas
30 June 1966
Actor

Steven AdamsSteven Adams
20 July 1993
basketball player
Temuera MorrisonTemuera Morrison
26 December 1960
actor

Rhys DarbyRhys Darby
21 March 1974
Actor, Comedian
John MoneyJohn Money
08 July 1921
Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician, University

Michael HoldingMichael Holding
16 February 1954
Cricketer

Richard CurtisRichard Curtis
08 November 1956
Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer,
Zoë BellZoë Bell
17 November 1978
Actor, Taekwondo athlete

Scott DixonScott Dixon
22 July 1980
Racecar driver
Lindy Chamberlain-CreightonLindy Chamberlain-Creighton
04 March 1948
 

Michael DormanMichael Dorman
26 April 1981
Actor

Manu BennettManu Bennett
10 October 1969
Actor

Dakota KaiDakota Kai
06 May 1988
Wrestler
Dan CarterDan Carter
05 March 1982
Rugby player
Alan DaleAlan Dale
06 May 1947
Actor

Winston PetersWinston Peters
11 April 1945
Rugby union player, Politician, Diplomat

Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
27 May 1991
Rugby union player

Brett LeeBrett Lee
08 November 1976
Cricketer
Helen ClarkHelen Clark
26 February 1950
Politician, University teacher

Keisha Castle-HughesKeisha Castle-Hughes
24 March 1990
Actress

Julian DennisonJulian Dennison
26 October 2002
Actor

Pamela StephensonPamela Stephenson
04 December 1949
Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Author, Television

Fran WalshFran Walsh
10 January 1959
Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer, Songwriter,
Danielle CormackDanielle Cormack
26 December 1970
Actor

Craig ParkerCraig Parker
12 November 1970
Actor
Rebecca GibneyRebecca Gibney
14 December 1964
Actor

Niki CaroNiki Caro
1967 AD
screenwriter, film director
Bill EnglishBill English
1961 AD
politician, farmer
Sara WisemanSara Wiseman
27 May 1972
Putita, Film actor