1. Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) - The first known person to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. Sir Edmund Hillary climbed to the summit with a Nepalese Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, and they reached the summit on the 29th May, 1953. Hillary set up a number of charities in Nepal to help improve the living conditions of Sherpa's. Hillary was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
2. Sir Richard Hadlee (1951-) - Sir Richard Hadlee is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers and all-rounders in cricketing history. He took 431 wickets, at the time a world record, and was the first bowler to pass 400 wickets. He was pretty good.
3. Peter Jackson (1961-) - Peter Jackson is a multi-award winning film director known more for his work on titles such as ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and ‘King Kong’. What isn’t known is the fact that Jackson made a name for himself doing B-side sci-fi movies - check out ‘Bad Taste’ and ‘Braindead’.
4. Russell Crowe (1964-) - Russell Crowe is big news both on and off screen. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in ‘Gladiator’, and has been nominated for the same award with ‘The Insider’ and ‘A Beautiful Mind’. However, he can be a controversial figure away from the camera - he was once arrested for smashing a hotel receptionist with a phone.
5. Jonah Lomu (1975-2015) - One of the best rugby union players to grace the game. The man was a juggernaut, he couldn’t be stopped. He could run the 100 metres in 11 seconds flat, and at 6 ft 5 in and 20 stone, it made him extremely hard to stop. He is generally regarded as the first true global superstar of rugby union.
So there we have it, 5 very famous Kiwis. If you're heading to New Zealand on your gap year then make sure you check out our info on how to get there, how to get around and things to see and do when you're there!