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
Actor
Sam NeillSam Neill
14 September 1947
Actor, Wine Maker

Anna PaquinAnna Paquin
24 July 1982
Actress

Karl UrbanKarl Urban
07 June 1972
Actor

Jacinda ArdernJacinda Ardern
26 July 1980
Prime Minister of New Zealand

Peter ThielPeter Thiel
11 October 1967
Co-founder of PayPal
Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967
Musician

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

Rob HallRob Hall
14 January 1961
Mountaineer
Jemaine ClementJemaine Clement
10 January 1974
New Zealand Comedian

Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies
14 March 1976
Actor
Kane WilliamsonKane Williamson
08 August 1990
Cricketer

Stella MaxwellStella Maxwell
15 May 1990
Actress

Edmund HillaryEdmund Hillary
20 July 1919
First person to climb Mt. Everest

Neil FinnNeil Finn
27 May 1958
Musician

Mark HuntMark Hunt
23 March 1974
Boxer, Kickboxer
Rachel Hunter Rachel Hunter
09 September 1969
Model, Actress

Rose McIverRose McIver
10 October 1988
Actress

Sandro KoppSandro Kopp
14 February 1978
Visual Artist

Ernest RutherfordErnest Rutherford
30 August 1871
Physicist, Chemist
Jonah LomuJonah Lomu
12 May 1975
Rugby Player

Kerry BishéKerry Bishé
01 May 1984
Actress
Nancy WakeNancy Wake
30 August 1912
British Secret Agent During World War II

Sonny Bill Williams Sonny Bill Williams
03 August 1985
Boxer, Rugby Player

Anna HutchisonAnna Hutchison
08 February 1986
Actress
Katherine MansfieldKatherine Mansfield
14 October 1888
 

Bret McKenzieBret McKenzie
29 June 1976
Comedian
BeneeBenee
30 January 2000
Singer-songwriter

Clarke GayfordClarke Gayford
24 October 1977
Radio Broadcaster

Martin CampbellMartin Campbell
24 October 1943
Film Director
Burt MunroBurt Munro
25 March 1899
Motorcycle Racer

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Aaron FinchAaron Finch
17 November 1986
Cricketer
Sam HammingtonSam Hammington
31 July 1977
Comedian

Tim BevanTim Bevan
20 December 1957
Film Producer

Jessica NigriJessica Nigri
05 August 1989
Cosplayer, Model

John KeyJohn Key
09 August 1961
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
06 October 1984
Shot Putter
Kalyn PongaKalyn Ponga
30 March 1998
Rugby Player

Fred HollowsFred Hollows
09 April 1929
Ophthalmologist

Sam WillsSam Wills
28 August 1978
Comedian

Dianna FuemanaDianna Fuemana
 
Screenwriter, Actress
Jean Gardner Batten Jean Batten
15 September 1909
Aviator Who Made Record Breaking Trans-world

Kate SheppardKate Sheppard
10 March 1847
Women's Suffrage Leader

Caito PotatoeCaito Potatoe
16 July 1997
YouTuber

Liam ThompsonLiam Thompson
25 April 2000
YouTuber

Michael KingMichael King
15 December 1945
Historian & Biographer
Fleur Adcock Fleur Adcock
10 February 1934
Poet

McCreamyMcCreamy
01 July 1996
Gamer
William WaiiruaWilliam Waiirua
 
Youtuber

Shannon HarrisShannon Harris
12 August 1992
YouTuber

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

Abraham WilliamsAbraham Williams
 
Cinematographer

GoodGuyFitzGoodGuyFitz
07 September 1996
YouTube Gamer

Israel AdesanyaIsrael Adesanya
22 July 1989
Mixed martial artist

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

Cliff CurtisCliff Curtis
27 July 1968
Actor
Lucy LawlessLucy Lawless
29 March 1968
Actor, Film producer, Singer

Melanie LynskeyMelanie Lynskey
16 May 1977
Actor, Film actor, Television actor

Thomasin McKenzieThomasin McKenzie
26 July 2000
Actress

Julian DennisonJulian Dennison
26 October 2002
Actor
Martin HendersonMartin Henderson
08 October 1974
Actor

Lindy Chamberlain-CreightonLindy Chamberlain-Creighton
04 March 1948
 
KJ ApaKJ Apa
16 June 1997
Actor

Antony StarrAntony Starr
25 October 1975
Actor

Temuera MorrisonTemuera Morrison
26 December 1960
actor
Ross TaylorRoss Taylor
08 March 1984
Cricketer

Marton CsokasMarton Csokas
30 June 1966
Actor
John MoneyJohn Money
08 July 1921
Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician, University

Bruce McLarenBruce McLaren
30 August 1937
Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver

Michael DormanMichael Dorman
26 April 1981
Actor
Rhys DarbyRhys Darby
21 March 1974
Actor, Comedian

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

Scott DixonScott Dixon
22 July 1980
Racecar driver

Steven AdamsSteven Adams
20 July 1993
basketball player

Manu BennettManu Bennett
10 October 1969
Actor
Dakota KaiDakota Kai
06 May 1988
Wrestler
Brendon McCullumBrendon McCullum
27 September 1981
Cricketer

Keisha Castle-HughesKeisha Castle-Hughes
24 March 1990
Actress

Alan DaleAlan Dale
06 May 1947
Actor

Trent BoultTrent Boult
22 July 1989
Cricketer
Brett LeeBrett Lee
08 November 1976
Cricketer

Jay RyanJay Ryan
29 August 1981
actor, film actor

Winston ReidWinston Reid
03 July 1988
Association football player

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

Stephen FlemingStephen Fleming
01 April 1973
Cricketer
Danielle CormackDanielle Cormack
26 December 1970
Actor

Bruce SpenceBruce Spence
17 September 1945
Actor
Frankie AdamsFrankie Adams
03 January 1994
Actress

Martin CroweMartin Crowe
22 September 1962
Cricketer
Jane CampionJane Campion
30 April 1954
Screenwriter, Film director, Actor
Lisa HarrowLisa Harrow
25 August 1943
Actor