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List of famous people from New Zealand, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in New Zealand, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from New Zealand you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in New Zealand, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from New Zealand?" or "Which celebrities were born in New Zealand?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Rachel Hunter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 49 Rachel Hunter is a New Zealand model, actress and reality TV show host. She is best known for her appearance in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues and her marriage to singer Rod Stewart, which ...more

Lucy Lawless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 50 Lucille Frances "Lucy" Lawless, MNZM is a New Zealand actress, activist and musician best known for playing the title character of the internationally successful television series ...more

Quade Cooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 30 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

Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 57 Sir Peter Robert Jackson ONZ KNZM is a New Zealand filmmaker. He is best known as the director and producer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, both of which are adapted ...more

Gareth Farr is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 50 Gareth Vincent Farr, ONZM is a New Zealand composer and percussionist. He has released a number of classical CDs and composed a number of works performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra ...more

John Key is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 57 John Phillip Key is the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand, in office since 2008. He has led the New Zealand National Party since 2006. Born in Auckland before moving to Christchurch when he was ...more

Hugh Walpole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Dec. at 57 (1884-1941) Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole, CBE was an English novelist. He was the son of an Anglican clergyman, intended for a career in the church but drawn instead to writing. Among those who encouraged him ...more

Georgina Beyer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 61 Georgina Beyer is a New Zealand politician and former Labour Party Member of Parliament. She was the world's first openly transsexual mayor, as well as the world's first openly transsexual ...more

Denny Hulme is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Dec. at 56 (1936-1992) Denis Clive "Denny" Hulme, OBE was a New Zealand racing driver who won the 1967 Formula One World Drivers' Championship for the Brabham team. Between his debut at Monaco in 1965 and ...more

Marton Csokas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 52 Marton Paul Csokas born 30 June 1966, is a New Zealand film and television actor.

Conrad Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 37 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

Pamela Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 69 Pamela Helen Stephenson Connolly is a New Zealand clinical psychologist, writer and actress who is now a resident in both the United Kingdom and United States. She is best known for her work as ...more

Michael King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Dec. at 59 (1945-2004) Michael King, OBE was a New Zealand popular historian, author and biographer. He wrote or edited over 30 books on New Zealand topics, including The Penguin History of New Zealand, which was the ...more

Jane Campion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 64 Elizabeth Jane Campion is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director based in Australia. Campion is the second of four women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and is ...more

Helen Clark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 69 Helen Elizabeth Clark, ONZ SSI is the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, and was the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand. As Prime Minister she served three consecutive ...more

Phil Keoghan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 51 Phil Keoghan is an actor and television producer.

Piri Weepu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 35 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

John Money is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Dec. at 85 (1921-2006) John William Money was a psychologist, sexologist and author, specializing in research into sexual identity and biology of gender. Money was one of the first scientists to study the psychology ...more

Grant Bowler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 50 Grant Bowler is an actor.

Jason Eaton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 36 Jason John Eaton is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He plays as a lock.

Corey Flynn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 38 Corey Robert Flynn is a New Zealand rugby union player who plays in the position of hooker. He was educated at Southland Boys' High School. Flynn played provincial for Southland until he moved ...more

Gary Thain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Dec. at 27 (1948-1975) Gary Mervin Thain was a rock bassist, best known for his work with British band, Uriah Heep.

Jonathan Hardy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Died at 72 (1940-2012) Jonathan Hardy was a New Zealand-born Australian actor, writer and director.

Robert Muldoon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
Dec. at 71 (1921-1992) Sir Robert David "Rob" Muldoon GCMG CH served as the 31st Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1975 to 1984, as leader of the governing National Party. Muldoon had been a Minister of ...more

Cliff Curtis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From New Zealand
age 50 Clifford Vivian Devon "Cliff" Curtis is a New Zealand actor whose screen roles include Whale Rider, Once Were Warriors, Blow, and The Dark Horse. His television work includes NBC ...more