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.
Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967
Russell CroweRussell Crowe
07 April 1964
Actor, Producer, Musician

Anna PaquinAnna Paquin
24 July 1982

Karl UrbanKarl Urban
07 June 1972

Jemaine ClementJemaine Clement
10 January 1974
New Zealand Comedian

Peter ThielPeter Thiel
11 October 1967
Co-founder of PayPal
Clarke GayfordClarke Gayford
24 October 1977
Radio Broadcaster

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

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

Sonny Bill Williams Sonny Bill Williams
03 August 1985
Boxer, Rugby Player
Rob HallRob Hall
14 January 1961

Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies
14 March 1976
Sandro KoppSandro Kopp
14 February 1978
Visual Artist

Rose McIverRose McIver
10 October 1988

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

Kane WilliamsonKane Williamson
08 August 1990
Neil FinnNeil Finn
27 May 1958

Jonah LomuJonah Lomu
12 May 1975
Rugby Player

Mark HuntMark Hunt
23 March 1974
Boxer, Kickboxer
Aaron FinchAaron Finch
17 November 1986

Bret McKenzieBret McKenzie
29 June 1976
Nancy WakeNancy Wake
30 August 1912
British Secret Agent During World War II

Sam WillsSam Wills
28 August 1978

Katherine MansfieldKatherine Mansfield
14 October 1888

Kalyn PongaKalyn Ponga
30 March 1998
Rugby Player
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

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

Caito PotatoeCaito Potatoe
16 July 1997

Michael KingMichael King
15 December 1945
Historian & Biographer

Fleur Adcock Fleur Adcock
10 February 1934

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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

Taika WaititiTaika Waititi
16 August 1975
Actor, Film director, Screenwriter
Pua MagasivaPua Magasiva
10 August 1980
Stage actor, Film actor

Sam NeillSam Neill
14 September 1947
Actor, Winegrower

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

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

Temuera MorrisonTemuera Morrison
26 December 1960
Cliff CurtisCliff Curtis
27 July 1968

Steven AdamsSteven Adams
20 July 1993
basketball player

Marton CsokasMarton Csokas
30 June 1966

Richard CurtisRichard Curtis
08 November 1956
Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer,
Lindy Chamberlain-CreightonLindy Chamberlain-Creighton
04 March 1948

Zoë BellZoë Bell
17 November 1978
Actor, Taekwondo athlete
Manu BennettManu Bennett
10 October 1969

Keisha Castle-HughesKeisha Castle-Hughes
24 March 1990

Gareth AnscombeGareth Anscombe
10 May 1991
rugby union player
Martin HendersonMartin Henderson
08 October 1974

Rhys DarbyRhys Darby
21 March 1974
Actor, Comedian
Warren GatlandWarren Gatland
17 September 1963
Rugby union player, Rugby union coach

Brendon McCullumBrendon McCullum
27 September 1981

Bruce McLarenBruce McLaren
30 August 1937
Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Robbie MagasivaRobbie Magasiva
21 May 1970

Brett LeeBrett Lee
08 November 1976
Alan DaleAlan Dale
06 May 1947

Stephen FlemingStephen Fleming
01 April 1973

Danielle CormackDanielle Cormack
26 December 1970

Emma LahanaEmma Lahana
27 June 1984
Actor, Film actor
John MoneyJohn Money
08 July 1921
Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Physician, University
Helen ClarkHelen Clark
26 February 1950
Politician, University teacher

Antony StarrAntony Starr
25 October 1975

Anna HutchisonAnna Hutchison
08 February 1986
Actor, Film actor

Pamela StephensonPamela Stephenson
04 December 1949
Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Author, Television
Brooke FraserBrooke Fraser
15 December 1983
Singer-songwriter, Singer

Joel LittleJoel Little
13 February 1983
Record producer, Songwriter

Craig ParkerCraig Parker
12 November 1970

Martin GuptillMartin Guptill
30 September 1986

Zane LoweZane Lowe
07 August 1973
Disc jockey, Radio personality, Television
Winston PetersWinston Peters
11 April 1945
Rugby union player, Politician, Diplomat

Bill EnglishBill English
1961 AD
politician, farmer
Brendon HartleyBrendon Hartley
10 November 1989
Racecar driver

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

Dan CarterDan Carter
05 March 1982
Rugby union player, Association football player,
Burt MunroBurt Munro
25 March 1899
Motorcycle racer, Farmer

Martin CroweMartin Crowe
22 September 1962
Ross TaylorRoss Taylor
08 March 1984

Scott DixonScott Dixon
22 July 1980
Racecar driver

Jane CampionJane Campion
30 April 1954
Screenwriter, Film director, Actor

Bruce SpenceBruce Spence
17 September 1945
Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
27 May 1991
Rugby union player

Fran WalshFran Walsh
10 January 1959
Actor, Screenwriter, Film producer, Songwriter,
Michael DormanMichael Dorman
26 April 1981

John TuiJohn Tui

Trent BoultTrent Boult
22 July 1989

Martin CampbellMartin Campbell
24 October 1943
Film director, Film producer
Sally MartinSally Martin
14 May 1985