Rachel Hunter is the girl from Glenfield who made the big time. Hunter won fame for her stellar career as an international supermodel, starting in the late 1980s. Her onscreen work has grown through the years with a range of television roles, from ice cream adverts to travel, talent and beauty shows — and a long list of acting credits ranging from thrillers to acclaimed dramas.

It’s a great metaphor for life — better to be out fighting your battles and getting on with your life than stuck in a cage. Rachel Hunter, on the Indonesia episode of Intrepid Journeys

Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty

2015 - 2016, Presenter - Television

Her Infidelity

2015, As: Lily Helms - Film

Soul Mates (American film)

2014, As: Carly - Film

Portrait Artist of the Year

2018, Subject - Television

New Zealand's Got Talent - 2013 Final

2013, Judge - Television

TV One gave Aotearoa the chance to show it’s ‘got talent’ via two top-rating series of the UK-spawned format. This excerpt from the final of the 2013 season is the opening segment, where the last of the finalists are found, and host Tamati Coffey introduces the  judges: model/actor Rachel Hunter, musician Jason Kerrison and international guest, choreographer Cris Judd (J.Lo's ex). The performers, ranging from a hip hop dance crew to an opera singer, compete for a Toyota RAV4 and $100,000 cash. The eventual winner was Renee Maurice from Wellington.

Awakening World

2012, Subject - Film

Intrepid Journeys - Indonesia (Rachel Hunter)

2012, Subject - Television


2012, As: Talia - Film

New Zealand's Got Talent - 2012 Final

2012, Judge - Television

This Kiwi version of the Got Talent franchise scoured Aotearoa "on a mission to find a star". Topping the weekly TV ratings, the TV One series was hosted by weatherman Tamati Coffey, with Rachel Hunter, musician Jason Kerrison (Opshop) and UB40 frontman Ali Campbell as the judges. In this opening excerpt of the 2012 final, the last two contestants are chosen: people’s choice Dudley Fairbrass, and judge’s choice Logan Walker. They join 10 other finalists — including eventual winner, 15-year-old Clara van Wel from Blenheim — to compete for $100,000 and a Toyota Corolla. 

Miami Magma

2011, As: Antoinette Vitrini - Television

Black Widow

2010, As: Doctor Laura - Film


2010, As: Shawna Rollins - Television

The Brazen Bull

2010, As: Detective Vinyec - Film

Celebrity Circus

2008, Subject - Television

She's Got the Look

2008 - 2010, Judge - Television

New Zealand's Got Talent

2012 - 2013, Judge - Television

Based on the hugely successful Got Talent franchise created by Simon Cowell, this nationwide TV talent quest first screened on Prime for one season in 2008. It was revived by TV One in 2012 and 2013. The Prime hosts were Andrew Mulligan and radio DJ Jason Reeves, with judges Miriama Smith, Paul Ellis and Richard Driver. From 2012 the host was Tamaiti Coffey, with model/actor Rachel Hunter, Opshop frontman Jason Kerrison and UB40's Ali Campbell as judges. American choreographer Cris Judd replaced Campbell for the 2013 series. 

Dead Write

2007, Associate Producer, As: Jade - Film

La Cucina

2007, As: Jude - Television

Style Me

2006, Subject - Television

Dancing with the Stars (US version)

2005, Contestant - Television

Make Me a Supermodel

2005, Presenter, Judge - Television

Rachel Hunter Laid Bare

2004, Subject - Television

Rachel Laid Bare

2004, Subject - Television

Strictly Come Dancing (UK version)

2005, Contestant - Television

The Real Gilligan's Island

2004 - 2005, Subject - Television

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

2003 - 2004, Subject - Television

Stacy's Mom

2003, As: Stacy's mother - Music video

Class Reunion

2002, Subject - Television

Rock Star

2001, As: AC's wife - Film

Rachel Hunter - Facts of Life

2000, Subject - Television

Two Shades of Blue

1999, As: Susan Price - Film

Winding Roads

1999, As: Kelly Simons - Film

Just a Little Harmless Sex

1998, As: Marilyn - Film

Fresh-up in the Deep End

1997, Subject - Television

Onetime All Blacks Marc Ellis and Matthew Ridge cemented their on screen partnership with late 90s show Fresh-up in the Deep End. The Touchdown series saw the pair taking their lovable, duelling larrakin personas to a variety of locations: they did time in the armed services, the circus, flash restaurant Petit Lyon, and as butler and chauffeur to model Rachel Hunter. They also launched their own political party, did the Coast to Coast, and tried a variety of dance moves. Fresh-up in the Deep End ran for two seasons.


1996, Subject - Television

A jandal-shod journey through Kiwi pop culture. Kiwiana takes a light-hearted look at the fashion, art, architecture, attitudes, and icons (Buzzy Bees, Edmonds, Swanndri, Pavlova etc) we call our own. Directed by Shirley Horrocks, and shot by Leon Narbey, it featured personalities Gary McCormick, Ginette McDonald, John Clarke, Peter Jackson, and others. Screening at a time (1996) when New Zealanders were just beginning to appreciate these neglected everyday objects as ‘collectibles,' it rated highly, and inspired a sequel, Kiwi As.

Ford Super Model of the World

1995, Presenter - Television

The Drew Carey Show

1995 - 2004, As: Rachel Hunter - Television

The Vicar of Dibley

1994 - 2007, As: Rachel Hunter - Television

Shortland Street

1992, As: Rachel Hunter - Television

Shortland Street is a fast-paced serial drama set in an inner city Auckland hospital. The long-running South Pacific Pictures production is based around the births, deaths and marriages of the hospital's staff and patients. It screens on TVNZ’s TV2 network five days a week. In 2017 the show was set to celebrate its 25th anniversary, making it New Zealand’s longest running drama by far. Characters and lines from the show have entered the culture — starting with “you’re not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata!” in the very first episode. Mihi Murray writes about Shortland Street here.

Mad about You

1995, As: Rachel Hunter - Television

Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Awards 1986

1986, Model - Television

The Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Awards were the big fashion event of the year from the mid 60s to the 90s. The Wellington show was organised by model agent Maysie Bestall-Cohen from 1982, and from 1984 TVNZ broadcast the 'B&H' live from the Michael Fowler Centre. Bestall-Cohen and Bob Parker host this 1986 GOFTA award-winner. Former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes is a guest presenter, and the line-up of models includes a teenage Rachel Hunter and future TV presenter Hilary Timmins. Padded shoulders, geometric prints and garish colours date stamp the era.