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List of the most popular, renowned or famous athletes from New Zealand. List includes the most notable athletes from New Zealand, along with photos when available. This list of Kiwi athletes is alphabetical, but can be sorted by any column and answers the question "what famous athletes are from New Zealand?". You can click on the names of the famous athletes of New Zealand in order to get more information about each one. Examples of athletes on this list: Andy Roberts, Leeson Ah Mau and more. You may copy this fact-based list to make your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share with your friends. (1156 items)

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Quade Cooper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Quade S. Cooper is a New Zealand-born Australian rugby union football player and boxer. He currently plays for the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition and has represented Australia at ...more

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Richie McCaw is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Richard Hugh "Richie" McCaw is a New Zealand rugby union player, the current test captain of the All Blacks – the country's national team. He predominantly plays in the openside ...more

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Mark Hunt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Mark Richard Hunt is a New Zealand mixed martial artist and former kickboxer of Samoan descent, currently living in Sydney, Australia. Hunt competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and ...more

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Dan Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Daniel William "Dan" Carter is a New Zealand rugby union player. Carter plays for the Paris based Top 14 side Racing Métro, and for New Zealand's national team the All Blacks. ...more

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Ali Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Alexander James "Ali" Williams is a New Zealand rugby union player at the position of lock. He currently plays for Toulon in the Top 14 League. In 2008, he played for the Crusaders and ...more

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Jonah Lomu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Jonah Tali Lomu, MNZM is a former New Zealand rugby union player. He had sixty-three caps as an All Black after debuting in 1994. He is generally regarded as the first true global superstar of ...more

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Benji Marshall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Benjamin Quentin "Benji" Marshall is a professional rugby league footballer, currently playing for NRL club the St George Illawarra Dragons. He was briefly a professional rugby union ...more

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Zinzan Brooke is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Zinzan Valentine Brooke MNZM is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer who played at number eight. He has two other brothers who also played rugby at representative level: Marty, who played ...more

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Andy Roberts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Sir Anderson Montgomery Everton "Andy" Roberts, KNH is a former Antiguan and West Indian cricketer. He was a fast bowler, twice taking seven wickets in an innings of a Test match. In ...more

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Krisnan Inu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Krisnan Nevada Inu is a New Zealand professional rugby union player for Stade Français of the Top 14. Previously, he was a rugby league footballer for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, ...more

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Richard Hadlee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Sir Richard John Hadlee MBE is a former New Zealand cricketer, regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers and all-rounders in cricketing history. Hadlee was appointed MBE in 1980 and knighted ...more

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Stephen Fleming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Stephen Paul Fleming, ONZM is a former New Zealand cricketer, and captain of the New Zealand national cricket team, known as the Black Caps, in Test and one-day cricket. Known for his astute ...more

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Daniel Vettori is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Daniel Luca Vettori, ONZM is a retired cricketer who played for the New Zealand cricket team. He is the eighth player in Test history to take 300 wickets and score 3,000 runs. He is the youngest ...more

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Martin Crowe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Martin David Crowe, MBE is a former New Zealand cricketer, commentator and author. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1985, and was credited as one of the "best young batsmen in the ...more

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Roy Asotasi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Roy Asotasi is a professional rugby league footballer for the Warrington Wolves of the Super League. A New Zealand international representative and also Samoan prop forward and he previously ...more

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James Tamou is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
James Tamou is a New Zealand-born Australian professional rugby league prop forward who plays for the North Queensland Cowboys of the National Rugby League. An Australian international and New ...more

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Sonny Bill Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Sonny William 'Sonny Bill' Williams is a New Zealand rugby player and heavyweight boxer who has played rugby league and rugby union at the highest levels. He currently plays rugby union for the ...more

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Jimmy Cowan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Quinton James "Jimmy" Cowan is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He first played for the All Blacks – New Zealand's national team – during the 2004 tour to the United Kingdom and ...more

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Dylan Hartley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Dylan Hartley Dylan Hartley is a New Zealand born rugby union footballer who plays at hooker for Northampton Saints, and England.

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Bob Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Robert James "Bob" Fitzsimmons was a British born New Zealand professional boxer who made boxing history as the sport's first three-division world champion. He also achieved fame for ...more

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Fuifui Moimoi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Fuifui Moana Moimoi is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Leigh Centurions in the English Championship. He has played most of his career for the Parramatta Eels of the ...more

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Richard Kahui is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Richard Kahui is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays for Toshiba Brave Lupus in the Top League. He previously played for the Highlanders and Chiefs in Super Rugby, Waikato in the ITM ...more

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Conrad Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Conrad Gerard Smith is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays predominantly at Centre. He captains the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, and plays for New Zealand internationally, with whom he ...more

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Piri Weepu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Piri Awahou Tihou Weepu is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays half-back for the All Blacks at international level, and the Wasps in the English Premiership competition. He first won ...more

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Andrew Mehrtens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Andrew Mehrtens Andrew Philip Mehrtens MNZM is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He is a former top Fly-half, having played first for Canterbury in 1993, before being selected for the All Blacks in 1995 ...more

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Keven Mealamu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Keven Mealamu is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays at hooker for the Blues in Super Rugby, Auckland in the National Provincial Championship, and the New Zealand national team, All ...more

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Bob Scott is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Bob Scott Robert William Henry" Bob" Scott MBE was a rugby football player who played rugby union for the All Blacks.

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Kahn Fotuali'i is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Kahn Fotuali'i Kahn Fotuali’i is a Samoan rugby union player for the Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership having signed from the Ospreys of the Rabo Direct 12 competition in the summer of 2013. He plays ...more

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Sarah Murphy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Sarah Murphy is an Olympic Biathlete from New Zealand.

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Suzie Bates is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Suzannah Wilson Bates is a New Zealand cricketer. She plays for the Otago Sparks in the State League as well as for her national team, the White Ferns. She currently holds the highest score and ...more

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Dipak Patel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Dipak Narshibhai Patel played 37 Tests and 75 One Day Internationals for the New Zealand cricket team. A stylish middle order batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler, Patel started playing for ...more

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Brendon Julian is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Brendon Paul Julian is a former Australian cricketer who played in 7 Tests and 25 ODIs from 1993 to 1999. He was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder in 1989. Standing at 6' ...more

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David Tua is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
David Tua is a former professional boxer. In a career spanning 21 years, Tua officially retired from the sport in November 2013 at the age of 39. His final fight was against heavyweight ...more

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Valerie Adams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Valerie Kasanita Adams, ONZM is a shot putter from New Zealand. She is a four-time World champion, three time World Indoor champion and two-time Olympic and three-time Commonwealth champion. She ...more

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Marina Erakovic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Marina Erakovic is a professional tennis player from New Zealand. Her career high Women's Tennis Association rankings are World No. 39 for singles, achieved on 7 May 2012, and World No. 25 in ...more

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Juliane Bray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Juliane Bray is a New Zealand snowboarder. She first gained notice in 2001 when she won a World Cup boarder-cross race in Japan. She represented New Zealand at the 2006 Winter Olympics by ...more

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Georgina Earl is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Georgina Emma Buchanan Earl, ONZM, formerly known as Georgina Emma Buchanan Evers-Swindell is a former New Zealand rower. She competed in the double sculls with her identical twin sister ...more

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Katherine Calder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Katherine Calder is a cross-country skier.

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Archie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Australia national football team Archibald Gerald "Archie" Thompson is an Australian football player who plays for Melbourne Victory in the A-League, where he currently holds the all time scoring record after his goal ...more

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Caroline Meyer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Caroline Frances Meyer, ONZM, formerly known as Caroline Frances Evers-Swindell is a former New Zealand rower. She is 179 cm tall and 80kg. She competed in the double sculls with her identical ...more

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Michelle Grieg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Michelle Grieg is a freestyle skier.

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Kendall Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Kendall Brown, is a halfpipe snowboarder based in Wanaka, New Zealand. 16 years old, at the 2006 Winter Olympics she finished 25th. At the 2010 Winter Olympics she finished 15th, after ...more

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Scott Styris is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Scott Bernardo Styris is an Australian-born New Zealand cricketer. An allrounder, Styris is an aggressive right-handed middle order batsman and a right-arm medium pace bowler. Educated at ...more

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Peter Borren is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Peter William Borren is a New Zealand-born cricket player. His first taste of international cricket came in the Under 19 World Cup in 2002 when he represented his native New Zealand alongside ...more

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Arthur Porritt, Baron Porritt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Colonel Arthur Espie Porritt, Baron Porritt, 1st Baronet, Bt, GCMG, GCVO, CBE, FRCS was a New Zealand physician, military surgeon, statesman and athlete. He served as the 11th Governor-General ...more

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Tionette Stoddard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Tionette Stoddard aka T-Dog is a New Zealand skeleton racer who has competed since 2004. Her best Skeleton World Cup finish was seventh at St. Moritz in January 2008. Stoddard's best finish at ...more

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Darron Reekers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Darron John Reekers is a New Zealander-born Dutch cricket player. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium pace bowler. He originally played cricket in his native New Zealand, playing ...more

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Rebecca Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Rebecca Sinclair is a professional snowboarder.

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Yvette Williams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Yvette Winifred Williams, CNZM, MBE, is a retired athlete from New Zealand, the first woman from her country to win an Olympic gold medal. She won her Olympic gold medal in the Long Jump event ...more

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Jean Stewart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from New Zealand
Jean Hurring is a former swimmer from New Zealand. She represented her native country at two consecutive Summer Olympics, 1952 and 1956. In 1952 she won the bronze medal in the women's 100 ...more