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.
Karl UrbanKarl Urban
07 June 1972
Actor
Russell CroweRussell Crowe
07 April 1964
Actor, Producer, Musician

Anna PaquinAnna Paquin
24 July 1982
 

Kane WilliamsonKane Williamson
08 August 1990
Cricketer

Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967
Musician

Jonah LomuJonah Lomu
12 May 1975
Rugby Player
Peter ThielPeter Thiel
11 October 1967
Co-founder of PayPal

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

Jemaine ClementJemaine Clement
10 January 1974
New Zealand Comedian

Edmund HillaryEdmund Hillary
20 July 1919
First person to climb Mt. Everest
Sonny Bill Williams Sonny Bill Williams
03 August 1985
Boxer, Rugby Player

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

Ernest RutherfordErnest Rutherford
30 August 1871
Physicist, Chemist

Sandro KoppSandro Kopp
14 February 1978
Visual Artist
Rachel Hunter Rachel Hunter
09 September 1969
Model, Actress

Aaron FinchAaron Finch
17 November 1986
Cricketer
Neil FinnNeil Finn
27 May 1958
Musician

Kalyn PongaKalyn Ponga
30 March 1998
Rugby Player

Rob HallRob Hall
14 January 1961
Mountaineer
Mark HuntMark Hunt
23 March 1974
Boxer, Kickboxer

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

Clarke GayfordClarke Gayford
24 October 1977
Radio Broadcaster

Sam WillsSam Wills
28 August 1978
Comedian

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

Katherine MansfieldKatherine Mansfield
14 October 1888
 

Burt MunroBurt Munro
25 March 1899
Motorcycle Racer

John KeyJohn Key
09 August 1961
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
06 October 1984
Shot Putter

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Kate SheppardKate Sheppard
10 March 1847
Women's Suffrage Leader

Fred HollowsFred Hollows
09 April 1929
Ophthalmologist

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
YouTuber

Michael KingMichael King
15 December 1945
Historian & Biographer
Fleur Adcock Fleur Adcock
10 February 1934
Poet

Dolan DarkDolan Dark
03 June 1994
YouTuber
Abraham WilliamsAbraham Williams
 
Cinematographer

Brooklyn KellyBrooklyn Kelly
 
Vlogger, Model
GoodGuyFitzGoodGuyFitz
07 September 1996
YouTube Gamer

McCreamyMcCreamy
01 July 1996
Gamer

Shannon HarrisShannon Harris
12 August 1992
YouTuber

William WaiiruaWilliam Waiirua
 
Youtuber

Taika WaititiTaika Waititi
16 August 1975
Actor, Film director, Screenwriter
Antony StarrAntony Starr
25 October 1975
Actor

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
Zoë BellZoë Bell
17 November 1978
Actor, Taekwondo athlete

Melanie LynskeyMelanie Lynskey
16 May 1977
Actor, Film actor, Television actor
Cliff CurtisCliff Curtis
27 July 1968
Actor

Martin GuptillMartin Guptill
30 September 1986
Cricketer

Temuera MorrisonTemuera Morrison
26 December 1960
actor
Richard CurtisRichard Curtis
08 November 1956
Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer,

Ross TaylorRoss Taylor
08 March 1984
Cricketer
Beauden BarrettBeauden Barrett
27 May 1991
Rugby union player

Brett LeeBrett Lee
08 November 1976
Cricketer

Marton CsokasMarton Csokas
30 June 1966
Actor
Manu BennettManu Bennett
10 October 1969
Actor

Trent BoultTrent Boult
22 July 1989
Cricketer
Steven AdamsSteven Adams
20 July 1993
basketball player

Brendon McCullumBrendon McCullum
27 September 1981
Cricketer

Martin HendersonMartin Henderson
08 October 1974
Actor

Pamela StephensonPamela Stephenson
04 December 1949
Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Author, Television
Dan CarterDan Carter
05 March 1982
Rugby union player, Association football player,
Rhys DarbyRhys Darby
21 March 1974
Actor, Comedian

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

Danielle CormackDanielle Cormack
26 December 1970
Actor

Joel LittleJoel Little
13 February 1983
Record producer, Songwriter
Bruce McLarenBruce McLaren
30 August 1937
Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver

Robbie MagasivaRobbie Magasiva
21 May 1970
Actor

Michael HoldingMichael Holding
16 February 1954
Cricketer

Stephen FlemingStephen Fleming
01 April 1973
Cricketer

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

Kieran ReadKieran Read
26 October 1985
Rugby union player
Brooke WilliamsBrooke Williams
03 January 1984
Actor, Film actor

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

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

Brooke FraserBrooke Fraser
15 December 1983
Singer-songwriter, Singer
Craig ParkerCraig Parker
12 November 1970
Actor

Daniel VettoriDaniel Vettori
27 January 1979
Cricketer

David TuaDavid Tua
21 November 1972
Professional boxer

Sam HammingtonSam Hammington
31 July 1977
Comedian
Zane LoweZane Lowe
07 August 1973
Disc jockey, Radio personality, Television

Lisa HarrowLisa Harrow
25 August 1943
Actor
John TuiJohn Tui
 

Graeme HartGraeme Hart
1955 AD
entrepreneur
Jane CampionJane Campion
30 April 1954
Screenwriter, Film director, Actor

Winston ReidWinston Reid
03 July 1988
Association football player
Shaun TaitShaun Tait
22 February 1983
Cricketer