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.
Anna PaquinAnna Paquin

24 July 1982

Keith UrbanKeith Urban
(Musician)

26 October 1967

Russell CroweRussell Crowe
(Actor, Producer, Musician)

07 April 1964

Peter JacksonPeter Jackson
(Film Director, Producer & Screenwriter)

31 October 1961

Karl UrbanKarl Urban
(Actor)

07 June 1972

Peter ThielPeter Thiel
(Co-founder of PayPal)

11 October 1967

Clarke GayfordClarke Gayford
(Radio Broadcaster)

24 October 1977

Jemaine ClementJemaine Clement
(New Zealand Comedian)

10 January 1974

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

20 July 1919

Sonny Bill Williams Sonny Bill Williams
(Boxer, Rugby Player)

03 August 1985

Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies
(Actor)

14 March 1976

Rob HallRob Hall
(Mountaineer)

14 January 1961

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Ernest RutherfordErnest Rutherford
(Physicist, Chemist)

30 August 1871

Jonah LomuJonah Lomu
(Rugby Player)

12 May 1975

Neil FinnNeil Finn
(Musician)

27 May 1958

Rachel Hunter Rachel Hunter
(Model, Actress)

09 September 1969

Mark HuntMark Hunt
(Boxer, Kickboxer)

23 March 1974

Rose McIverRose McIver
(Actress)

10 October 1988

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Sam WillsSam Wills
(Comedian)

28 August 1978

Sandro KoppSandro Kopp
(Visual Artist)

14 February 1978

Bret McKenzieBret McKenzie
(Comedian)

29 June 1976

Nancy WakeNancy Wake
(British Secret Agent During World War II)

30 August 1912

Katherine MansfieldKatherine Mansfield

14 October 1888

John KeyJohn Key
(Prime Minister of New Zealand)

09 August 1961

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Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
(Shot Putter)

06 October 1984

Kalyn PongaKalyn Ponga
(Rugby Player)

30 March 1998

Fred HollowsFred Hollows
(Ophthalmologist)

09 April 1929

Kate SheppardKate Sheppard
(Women's Suffrage Leader)

10 March 1847

Dianna FuemanaDianna Fuemana
(Screenwriter, Actress)
Jean Gardner Batten Jean Batten
(Aviator Who Made Record Breaking Trans-world Flights)

15 September 1909

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Caito PotatoeCaito Potatoe
(YouTuber)

16 July 1997

Michael KingMichael King
(Historian & Biographer)

15 December 1945

Fleur Adcock Fleur Adcock
(Poet)

10 February 1934

Dolan DarkDolan Dark
(YouTuber)

03 June 1994

Abraham WilliamsAbraham Williams
(Cinematographer)

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Brooklyn KellyBrooklyn Kelly
(Vlogger, Model)
GoodGuyFitzGoodGuyFitz
(YouTube Gamer)

07 September 1996

Taika WaititiTaika Waititi
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter)

16 August 1975

Sam NeillSam Neill
(Actor, Winegrower)

14 September 1947

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

16 May 1977

Lucy LawlessLucy Lawless
(Actor, Film producer, Singer)

29 March 1968

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Temuera MorrisonTemuera Morrison
(actor)

26 December 1960

Steven AdamsSteven Adams
(basketball player)

20 July 1993

Cliff CurtisCliff Curtis
(Actor)

27 July 1968

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

08 November 1956

Marton CsokasMarton Csokas
(Actor)

30 June 1966

Gareth AnscombeGareth Anscombe
(rugby union player)

10 May 1991

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Kane WilliamsonKane Williamson
(Cricketer)

08 August 1990

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

04 December 1949

Zoë BellZoë Bell
(Actor, Taekwondo athlete)

17 November 1978

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

17 September 1963

Manu BennettManu Bennett
(Actor)

10 October 1969

Martin HendersonMartin Henderson
(Actor)

08 October 1974

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Ross TaylorRoss Taylor
(Cricketer)

08 March 1984

Brendon McCullumBrendon McCullum
(Cricketer)

27 September 1981

Rhys DarbyRhys Darby
(Actor, Comedian)

21 March 1974

Aaron FinchAaron Finch
(Cricketer)

17 November 1986

Keisha Castle-HughesKeisha Castle-Hughes
(Actor)

24 March 1990

Brett LeeBrett Lee
(Cricketer)

08 November 1976

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Alan DaleAlan Dale
(Actor)

06 May 1947

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

08 July 1921

Lindy Chamberlain-CreightonLindy Chamberlain-Creighton

04 March 1948

Martin GuptillMartin Guptill
(Cricketer)

30 September 1986

Danielle CormackDanielle Cormack
(Actor)

26 December 1970

Anna HutchisonAnna Hutchison
(Actor, Film actor)

08 February 1986

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Bruce McLarenBruce McLaren
(Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)

30 August 1937

Craig ParkerCraig Parker
(Actor)

12 November 1970

Brooke FraserBrooke Fraser
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)

15 December 1983

Helen ClarkHelen Clark
(Politician, University teacher)

26 February 1950

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

05 March 1982

Richie McCawRichie McCaw
(Rugby union player, Helicopter pilot)

31 December 1980

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

10 January 1959

Burt MunroBurt Munro
(Motorcycle racer, Farmer)

25 March 1899

Antony StarrAntony Starr
(Actor)

25 October 1975