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List of Famous Bands from New Zealand

Updated June 14, 2019 161.5k views250 items

List of New Zealand bands, listed by their level of fame. This New Zealand musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous New Zealand bands are included, as well as many New Zealand musicians of underground status. This list of New Zealand musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous New Zealand bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

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    Ricki-Lee Coulter

    Synthpop, Pop music
    Ricki-Lee Dawn Coulter (born 10 November 1985), also known mononymously as Ricki-Lee, is an...  more
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    Daniel Bedingfield

    Christian music, Pop music
    Daniel John Bedingfield (born 3 December 1979) is an English-New Zealand singer, songwriter...  more

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    #476 of 510 The Very Best Christian Bands & Artists#152 of 416 The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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    Flight of the Conchords

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Flight of the Conchords is a New Zealand-based comedy band composed of Bret McKenzie and...  more

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    #1814 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#1117 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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    The Mint Chicks

    Noise rock, No wave
    The Mint Chicks were a New Zealand experimental noise rock/power pop group originally from...  more

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    #36 of 61 The Best Bands Named After Birds#19 of 41 The Best No Wave Bands/Artists

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    Katchafire are a New Zealand roots reggae band from Hamilton....  more
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    Hayley Westenra

    Pop music, Operatic pop
    Hayley Dee Westenra (born 10 April 1987) is a New Zealand singer, classical crossover artist,...  more

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    #171 of 198 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years#376 of 602 The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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    Anika Moa

    Pop music
    Anika Rose Moa (born 21 May 1980) is a New Zealand recording artist and television presenter....  more
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    Rock music, Industrial rock
    Pacifier was an Australian musical group....  more
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    The Datsuns

    Rock music, Garage punk
    The Datsuns are a hard rock band from Cambridge, New Zealand, formed in 2000. To date they...  more

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    #132 of 146 The Best Ever Garage Rock Bands#76 of 134 The Best Garage Punk Bands

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    Tim Finn

    New Wave, Pop music
    Brian Timothy "Tim" Finn (born 25 June 1952) is a New Zealand singer and musician. His musical...  more
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    The Black Seeds

    Ska, Rock music
    The Black Seeds are a musical group from Wellington, New Zealand. Their music is a fusion of...  more

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    #69 of 307 The Best Reggae Bands/Artists#18 of 156 The Best Dub Musicians

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    Hip hop music, Popular music
    Matakite John Chong Nee, better known by his stage name Chong Nee, is a New Zealand hip hop...  more
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    Dei Hamo

    Hip hop music
    Sanerivi "Sani" Sagala (born 24 August 1974), better known by his stage name Dei Hamo, is a...  more
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    Rock music, Reggae rock
    Moped was a New Zealand band formed in Palmerston North by three brothers, Gareth, Hayden and...  more
  • 15

    Max Merritt

    Rock music, Rhythm and blues
    Max Merritt (born Maxwell James Merritt, 30 April 1941 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a New...  more
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    Black metal, Power metal
    Demoniac were a heavy metal band from New Zealand formed in Wellington in 1993 by singer and...  more
  • 17

    Dawn Raid All Stars

    Hip hop music
    Dawn Raid All-Stars are a musical collaboration between Dawn Raid Entertainment and Boost...  more
  • 18

    Concord Dawn

    Drum and bass
    Concord Dawn is a New Zealand drum and bass group, active since mid-1999, consisting of Matt...  more
  • 19

    Nesian Mystik

    Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues
    Nesian Mystik was a New Zealand Hip-Hop/R&B group which formed in 1999. The cultural...  more
  • 20

    The Rabble

    Pop punk, Punk rock
    The Rabble are a Punk Rock band from Auckland, New Zealand, that formed in the NZ summer of...  more
  • 21


    Hip hop music
    The Deceptikonz are a New Zealand Hip hop group formed in the South Auckland suburb of...  more
  • 22

    Dawn of Azazel

    Black metal, Blackened death metal
    Dawn of Azazel is a death metal band from New Zealand. They have played around the world in...  more
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    Dam Native

    Hip hop music
    Dam Native is a New Zealand hip hop group formed in 1992....  more
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    Sisters Underground

    Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues
    Sisters Underground was a New Zealand hip hop and R&B duo, best known for their 1994 single...  more
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    Jenny Morris

    Pop music
    Jennifer Patricia Morris (born 29 September 1956 in Tokoroa) is a New Zealand-born...  more