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
26 October 1967

Karl UrbanKarl Urban
07 June 1972

Russell CroweRussell Crowe
07 April 1964
Actor, Producer, Musician

Jonah LomuJonah Lomu
12 May 1975
Rugby Player

Sonny Bill Williams Sonny Bill Williams
03 August 1985
Boxer, Rugby Player
Peter JacksonPeter Jackson
31 October 1961
Film Director, Producer & Screenwriter

Peter ThielPeter Thiel
11 October 1967
Co-founder of PayPal

Jemaine ClementJemaine Clement
10 January 1974
New Zealand Comedian

Edmund HillaryEdmund Hillary
20 July 1919
First person to climb Mt. Everest
Ernest RutherfordErnest Rutherford
30 August 1871
Physicist, Chemist

Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies
14 March 1976
Rose McIverRose McIver
10 October 1988

Sandro KoppSandro Kopp
14 February 1978
Visual Artist

Rachel Hunter Rachel Hunter
09 September 1969
Model, Actress
Aaron FinchAaron Finch
17 November 1986

Neil FinnNeil Finn
27 May 1958
Kalyn PongaKalyn Ponga
30 March 1998
Rugby Player

Mark HuntMark Hunt
23 March 1974
Boxer, Kickboxer

Rob HallRob Hall
14 January 1961
Kane WilliamsonKane Williamson
08 August 1990

Jessica NigriJessica Nigri
05 August 1989
Cosplayer, Model
Anna HutchisonAnna Hutchison
08 February 1986

Clarke GayfordClarke Gayford
24 October 1977
Radio Broadcaster

Sam WillsSam Wills
28 August 1978

Bret McKenzieBret McKenzie
29 June 1976
Kerry BishéKerry Bishé
01 May 1984
Nancy WakeNancy Wake
30 August 1912
British Secret Agent During World War II

Katherine MansfieldKatherine Mansfield
14 October 1888

Tim BevanTim Bevan
20 December 1957
Film Producer

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

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John KeyJohn Key
09 August 1961
Prime Minister of New Zealand

Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
06 October 1984
Shot Putter

Kate SheppardKate Sheppard
10 March 1847
Women's Suffrage Leader

Fred HollowsFred Hollows
09 April 1929
Dianna FuemanaDianna Fuemana
Screenwriter, Actress

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

Fleur Adcock Fleur Adcock
10 February 1934

Dolan DarkDolan Dark
03 June 1994
Abraham WilliamsAbraham Williams

Brooklyn KellyBrooklyn Kelly
Vlogger, Model

07 September 1996
YouTube Gamer

01 July 1996

Shannon HarrisShannon Harris
12 August 1992
William WaiiruaWilliam Waiirua

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

Sam NeillSam Neill
14 September 1947
Actor, Winegrower

Lucy LawlessLucy Lawless
29 March 1968
Actor, Film producer, Singer
Pua MagasivaPua Magasiva
10 August 1980
Stage actor, Film actor

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

Stella MaxwellStella Maxwell
15 May 1990

Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
27 May 1991
Rugby union player
Cliff CurtisCliff Curtis
27 July 1968

Bruce McLarenBruce McLaren
30 August 1937
Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Antony StarrAntony Starr
25 October 1975

Jacinda ArdernJacinda Ardern
26 July 1980
Prime Minister of New Zealand

Martin GuptillMartin Guptill
30 September 1986
Thomasin McKenzieThomasin McKenzie
26 July 2000

Dan CarterDan Carter
05 March 1982
Rugby union player, Association football player,
Temuera MorrisonTemuera Morrison
26 December 1960

Richie McCawRichie McCaw
31 December 1980
Rugby union player, Helicopter pilot

Warren GatlandWarren Gatland
17 September 1963
Rugby union player, Rugby union coach

Kieran ReadKieran Read
26 October 1985
Rugby union player
Richard CurtisRichard Curtis
08 November 1956
Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer,
Zoë BellZoë Bell
17 November 1978
Actor, Taekwondo athlete

Marton CsokasMarton Csokas
30 June 1966

Manu BennettManu Bennett
10 October 1969

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

Steven AdamsSteven Adams
20 July 1993
basketball player

Martin HendersonMartin Henderson
08 October 1974

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

Rhys DarbyRhys Darby
21 March 1974
Actor, Comedian
Danielle CormackDanielle Cormack
26 December 1970

Julian DennisonJulian Dennison
26 October 2002
Joel LittleJoel Little
13 February 1983
Record producer, Songwriter

Robbie MagasivaRobbie Magasiva
21 May 1970

Michael HoldingMichael Holding
16 February 1954
Brodie RetallickBrodie Retallick
31 May 1991
Rugby union player

Julian SaveaJulian Savea
07 August 1990
Rugby union player
Sam WhitelockSam Whitelock
12 October 1988
Rugby union player

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

Zane LoweZane Lowe
07 August 1973
Disc jockey, Radio personality, Television

Brendan ColeBrendan Cole
23 April 1976
Ballroom Dancer
Stephen FlemingStephen Fleming
01 April 1973

Lindy Chamberlain-CreightonLindy Chamberlain-Creighton
04 March 1948
Martin CroweMartin Crowe
22 September 1962

Brooke WilliamsBrooke Williams
03 January 1984
Actor, Film actor
Brooke FraserBrooke Fraser
15 December 1983
Singer-songwriter, Singer

Alan DaleAlan Dale
06 May 1947
Keisha Castle-HughesKeisha Castle-Hughes
24 March 1990