Find out more about the greatest New Zealanders, including Anna Paquin, Karl Urban, Russell Crowe, Peter Jackson and Rose McIver.

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
(Actor, Producer, Musician)

07 April 1964

Karl UrbanKarl Urban
(Actor)

07 June 1972

Keith UrbanKeith Urban
(Musician)

26 October 1967

Anna PaquinAnna Paquin

24 July 1982

Peter JacksonPeter Jackson
(Film Director, Producer & Screenwriter)

31 October 1961

Daniel GilliesDaniel Gillies
(Actor)

14 March 1976

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

20 July 1919

Rose McIverRose McIver
(Actress)

10 October 1988

Rob HallRob Hall
(Mountaineer)

14 January 1961

Ernest RutherfordErnest Rutherford
(Physicist, Chemist)

30 August 1871

Jonah LomuJonah Lomu
(Rugby Player)

12 May 1975

Rachel Hunter Rachel Hunter
(Model, Actress)

09 September 1969

Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
(Shot Putter)

06 October 1984

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

30 August 1912

Sam WillsSam Wills
(Comedian)

28 August 1978

Katherine MansfieldKatherine Mansfield

14 October 1888

Fred HollowsFred Hollows
(Ophthalmologist)

09 April 1929

John KeyJohn Key
(Prime Minister of New Zealand)

09 August 1961

Kate SheppardKate Sheppard
(Women's Suffrage Leader)

10 March 1847

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

15 September 1909

Michael KingMichael King
(Historian & Biographer)

15 December 1945

Fleur Adcock Fleur Adcock
(Poet)

10 February 1934

Taika WaititiTaika Waititi
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter)

16 August 1975

Sam NeillSam Neill
(Actor, Winegrower)

14 September 1947

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

10 January 1974

Lucy LawlessLucy Lawless
(Actor, Film producer, Singer)

29 March 1968

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

16 May 1977

Kane WilliamsonKane Williamson
(Cricketer)

08 August 1990

Marton CsokasMarton Csokas
(Actor)

30 June 1966

Steven AdamsSteven Adams
(basketball player)

20 July 1993

Martin HendersonMartin Henderson
(Actor)

08 October 1974

Cliff CurtisCliff Curtis
(Actor)

27 July 1968

Neil FinnNeil Finn
(Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist)

27 May 1958

Manu BennettManu Bennett
(Actor)

10 October 1969

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

03 August 1985

Mark HuntMark Hunt
(Boxer, Kickboxer)

23 March 1974

Temuera MorrisonTemuera Morrison
(actor)

26 December 1960

Rhys DarbyRhys Darby
(Actor, Comedian)

21 March 1974

Zoë BellZoë Bell
(Actor, Taekwondo athlete)

17 November 1978

Brendon McCullumBrendon McCullum
(Cricketer)

27 September 1981

Lee TamahoriLee Tamahori
(Film director, Actor)

17 June 1950

Sala BakerSala Baker
(Actor, Film actor)

22 September 1976

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

08 November 1956

Brett LeeBrett Lee
(Cricketer)

08 November 1976

Stephen FlemingStephen Fleming
(Cricketer)

01 April 1973

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

29 June 1976

Anna HutchisonAnna Hutchison
(Actor, Film actor)

08 February 1986

Brendon HartleyBrendon Hartley
(Racecar driver)

10 November 1989

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

05 March 1982

Alan DaleAlan Dale
(Actor)

06 May 1947

Craig ParkerCraig Parker
(Actor)

12 November 1970

Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
(Rugby union player)

27 May 1991

Brooke FraserBrooke Fraser
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)

15 December 1983

Bruce McLarenBruce McLaren
(Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)

30 August 1937

Keisha Castle-HughesKeisha Castle-Hughes
(Actor)

24 March 1990

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

10 June 1964

Danielle CormackDanielle Cormack
(Actor)

26 December 1970

Rena OwenRena Owen
(Actor, Nurse)

22 July 1962

Richie McCawRichie McCaw
(Rugby union player, Helicopter pilot)

31 December 1980

Emma LahanaEmma Lahana
(Actor, Film actor)

27 June 1984

Aaron FinchAaron Finch
(Cricketer)

17 November 1986

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

08 July 1921

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

07 August 1973

Scott DixonScott Dixon
(Racecar driver)

22 July 1980

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

04 December 1949

Bruce SpenceBruce Spence
(Actor)

17 September 1945

Jane CampionJane Campion
(Screenwriter, Film director, Actor)

30 April 1954

Lindy Chamberlain-CreightonLindy Chamberlain-Creighton

04 March 1948

Rebecca GibneyRebecca Gibney
(Actor)

14 December 1964

Winston PetersWinston Peters
(Rugby union player, Politician, Diplomat)

11 April 1945

Martin CampbellMartin Campbell
(Film director, Film producer)

24 October 1943

Antony StarrAntony Starr
(Actor)

25 October 1975

Helen ClarkHelen Clark
(Politician, University teacher)

26 February 1950

Trent BoultTrent Boult
(Cricketer)

22 July 1989