List of famous New Zealanders with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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.
Jonah LomuJonah Lomu
(Rugby Player)

12 May 1975

18 November 2015

Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand

Taurus

Rob HallRob Hall
(Mountaineer)

14 January 1961

11 May 1996

Christchurch, New Zealand

Capricorn

Karl UrbanKarl Urban
(Actor)

07 June 1972

Wellington

Gemini

Rose McIverRose McIver
(Actress)

10 October 1988

Auckland, New Zealand

Libra

Russell CroweRussell Crowe
(Actor, Producer, Musician)

07 April 1964

Wellington, New Zealand

Aries

Kevin SmithKevin Smith

02 August 1970

Red Bank

Leo

Ernest RutherfordErnest Rutherford
(Physicist, Chemist)

30 August 1871

19 October 1937

Brightwater, New Zealand

Virgo

Peter JacksonPeter Jackson
(Film Director, Producer & Screenwriter)

31 October 1961

Pukerua Bay, New Zealand

Scorpio

Anna PaquinAnna Paquin

24 July 1982

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Leo

Edmund HillaryEdmund Hillary
(First person to climb Mt. Everest)

20 July 1919

11 January 2008

Auckland

Cancer

Rachel Hunter Rachel Hunter
(Model, Actress)

09 September 1969

Glenfield

Virgo

John KeyJohn Key
(Prime Minister of New Zealand)

09 August 1961

Auckland

Leo

Katherine MansfieldKatherine Mansfield

14 October 1888

09 January 1923

Wellington

Libra

Fred HollowsFred Hollows
(Ophthalmologist)

09 April 1929

10 February 1993

Dunedin

Aries

Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
(Shot Putter)

06 October 1984

Rotorua

Libra

Kate SheppardKate Sheppard
(Women's Suffrage Leader)

10 March 1847

13 July 1934

Liverpool, England

Pisces

Jean Gardner Batten Jean Batten
(Aviator Who Made Record Breaking Trans-world Flights)

15 September 1909

22 November 1982

Rotorua, New Zealand

Virgo

Michael KingMichael King
(Historian & Biographer)

15 December 1945

30 March 2004

Wellington

Sagittarius

Fleur Adcock Fleur Adcock
(Poet)

10 February 1934

Auckland

Aquarius

Sam WillsSam Wills
(Comedian)

28 August 1978

New Zealand

Virgo

Angelo GeorgalliAngelo Georgalli
(Chef)

Glasglow

LordeLorde
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)

07 November 1996

Takapuna

Scorpio

Richie McCawRichie McCaw
(Rugby union player, Helicopter pilot)

31 December 1980

Oamaru

Capricorn

Sonny Bill WilliamsSonny Bill Williams
(Boxer, Rugby league player, Rugby union player)

03 August 1985

Auckland

Leo

Dan CarterDan Carter
(Rugby union player, Association football player, Model)

05 March 1982

Christchurch

Pisces

Lucy LawlessLucy Lawless
(Actor, Film producer, Singer)

29 March 1968

Mount Albert

Aries

Zoë BellZoë Bell
(Actor, Taekwondo athlete)

17 November 1978

Waiheke Island

Scorpio

Mark HuntMark Hunt
(Boxer, Kickboxer)

23 March 1974

South Auckland

Aries

Sam NeillSam Neill
(Actor, Winegrower)

14 September 1947

Omagh

Virgo

Cliff CurtisCliff Curtis
(Actor)

27 July 1968

Rotorua

Leo

Manu BennettManu Bennett
(Actor)

10 October 1969

Auckland

Libra

Marton CsokasMarton Csokas
(Actor)

30 June 1966

Invercargill

Cancer

Martin HendersonMartin Henderson
(Actor)

08 October 1974

Auckland

Libra

Melanie LynskeyMelanie Lynskey
(Actor, Film actor, Television actor)

16 May 1977

New Plymouth

Taurus

Jemaine ClementJemaine Clement
(Stand-up comedian, Actor, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Singer, Voice actor, Comedian, Musician)

10 January 1974

Auckland

Capricorn

Julian SaveaJulian Savea
(Rugby union player)

07 August 1990

Wellington

Leo

Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies
(Actor)

14 March 1976

Winnipeg

Pisces

Taika WaititiTaika Waititi
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter)

16 August 1975

Wellington

Leo

Jerry CollinsJerry Collins
(Rugby union player)

04 November 1980

05 June 2015

Apia

Scorpio

Sam WhitelockSam Whitelock
(Rugby union player)

12 October 1988

Palmerston North

Libra

Temuera MorrisonTemuera Morrison
(actor)

26 December 1960

Rotorua

Capricorn

Tana UmagaTana Umaga
(Rugby league player, Rugby union player, Actor)

27 May 1973

Lower Hutt

Gemini

Richard CurtisRichard Curtis
(Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer, Television producer, Writer)

08 November 1956

Wellington

Scorpio

Martin CampbellMartin Campbell
(Film director, Film producer)

24 October 1943

Hastings

Scorpio

Keisha Castle-HughesKeisha Castle-Hughes
(Actor)

24 March 1990

Donnybrook

Aries

Charles UphamCharles Upham
(Farmer)

21 September 1908

22 November 1994

Christchurch

Virgo

Hayley WestenraHayley Westenra
(Singer, Street artist, Opera singer)

10 April 1987

Christchurch

Aries

Anna HutchisonAnna Hutchison
(Actor, Film actor)

08 February 1986

Auckland

Aquarius

Craig ParkerCraig Parker
(Actor)

12 November 1970

Suva

Scorpio

Bret McKenzieBret McKenzie
(Actor, Singer, Musician, Screenwriter, Music supervisor)

29 June 1976

Wellington

Cancer

Steven AdamsSteven Adams
(basketball player)

20 July 1993

Rotorua

Cancer

Keven MealamuKeven Mealamu
(Rugby union player)

20 March 1979

Tokoroa

Pisces

Chris CairnsChris Cairns
(Cricketer)

13 June 1970

Picton

Gemini

Conrad SmithConrad Smith
(Rugby union player)

12 October 1981

Hawera

Libra

Brendon McCullumBrendon McCullum
(Cricketer)

27 September 1981

Dunedin

Libra

Kieran ReadKieran Read
(Rugby union player)

26 October 1985

Auckland

Scorpio

Warren GatlandWarren Gatland
(Rugby union player, Rugby union coach)

17 September 1963

Hamilton

Virgo

Brett LeeBrett Lee
(Cricketer)

08 November 1976

Wollongong

Scorpio

Brodie RetallickBrodie Retallick
(Rugby union player)

31 May 1991

Waimakariri District

Gemini

John MoneyJohn Money
(Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician, University teacher)

08 July 1921

07 July 2006

Morrinsville

Cancer

Kane WilliamsonKane Williamson
(Cricketer)

08 August 1990

Tauranga

Leo

Quade CooperQuade Cooper
(Rugby union player, Boxer)

05 April 1988

Tokoroa

Aries

Bruce SpenceBruce Spence
(Actor)

17 September 1945

Auckland

Virgo

Daniel LoganDaniel Logan
(Actor, Film actor)

06 June 1987

Auckland

Gemini

Zane LoweZane Lowe
(Disc jockey, Radio personality, Television presenter)

07 August 1973

Auckland

Leo

Rhys DarbyRhys Darby
(Actor, Comedian)

21 March 1974

New Zealand

Aries

Neil FinnNeil Finn
(Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist)

27 May 1958

Te Awamutu

Gemini

Alan DaleAlan Dale
(Actor)

06 May 1947

Dunedin

Taurus

Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
(Rugby union player)

27 May 1991

New Plymouth

Gemini

Helen ClarkHelen Clark
(Politician, University teacher)

26 February 1950

Hamilton

Pisces

Burt MunroBurt Munro
(Motorcycle racer, Farmer)

25 March 1899

06 January 1978

Edendale, New Zealand

Aries

Antony StarrAntony Starr
(Actor)

25 October 1975

Auckland

Scorpio

Gemma FlynnGemma Flynn
(Field hockey player)

02 May 1990

Tauranga

Taurus

John TuiJohn Tui

Bruce McLarenBruce McLaren
(Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)

30 August 1937

02 June 1970

Auckland

Virgo

Brendan ColeBrendan Cole
(Ballroom Dancer)

23 April 1976

Christchurch

Taurus

Kiri Te KanawaKiri Te Kanawa
(Opera singer, Singer, Jazz musician, Actor)

06 March 1944

Gisborne

Pisces

Jane CampionJane Campion
(Screenwriter, Film director, Actor)

30 April 1954

Wellington

Taurus

Pamela StephensonPamela Stephenson
(Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Author, Television presenter, Stage actor, Film actor)

04 December 1949

Takapuna

Sagittarius

Kerry FoxKerry Fox
(Actor)

30 July 1966

Wellington

Leo

Piri WeepuPiri Weepu
(Rugby league player, Rugby union player)

07 September 1983

Lower Hutt

Virgo

Laura DekkerLaura Dekker
(Explorer)

20 September 1995

Whangarei

Virgo

Brooke FraserBrooke Fraser
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)

15 December 1983

Wellington

Sagittarius

Gin WigmoreGin Wigmore
(Singer, Jazz musician, Songwriter)

06 June 1986

Auckland

Gemini

Andrew NiccolAndrew Niccol
(Screenwriter, Film producer, Film director)

10 June 1964

Paraparaumu

Gemini

Fran WalshFran Walsh
(Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer, Songwriter, Composer, Lyricist)

10 January 1959

Wellington

Capricorn

Joe RokocokoJoe Rokocoko
(Rugby union player)

06 June 1983

Nadi

Gemini

Lee TamahoriLee Tamahori
(Film director, Actor)

17 June 1950

Wellington

Gemini

Grant BowlerGrant Bowler
(Actor, Film actor)

18 July 1968

Auckland

Cancer

Ross TaylorRoss Taylor
(Cricketer)

08 March 1984

Lower Hutt

Pisces

Graham HenryGraham Henry
(Association football player, Cricketer, Rugby union player, Rugby union coach)

08 June 1946

Christchurch

Gemini

Mark InglisMark Inglis
(Winegrower, Sport cyclist)

27 September 1959

New Zealand

Libra

Michael HurstMichael Hurst
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter)

20 September 1957

Lancashire

Virgo

Danielle CormackDanielle Cormack
(Actor)

26 December 1970

Auckland

Capricorn

James RollestonJames Rolleston
Israel DaggIsrael Dagg
(Rugby union player)

06 June 1988

Rangitikei District

Gemini

Jerry MateparaeJerry Mateparae
(Politician, Military personnel)

14 November 1954

Whanganui

Scorpio

Ben TameifunaBen Tameifuna
(Rugby union player)

30 August 1991

Auckland

Virgo

Liam MessamLiam Messam
(Rugby union player)

25 March 1984

Blenheim

Aries

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