Kiwis would most like to share a wine with Sir Peter Jackson, according to a new survey that ranks 20 famous New Zealanders on their drinking likeability.

In a survey similar to the age-old question "who would you most like to have dinner with" Babich Wines asked 500 respondents to pick their most, and least, favourite New Zealander to share a tipple with.

The choice of well-known New Zealanders included Sir Peter Blake, Katherine Mansfield and Jean Batten.

It showed Billy T. James and Kate Sheppard's legacies are strong, with the beloved comedian and passionate suffragette making the top-five most favoured list.

Colin Meads made the top 20 and PM John Key featured on both lists. Photos / NZ Herald
Colin Meads made the top 20 and PM John Key featured on both lists. Photos / NZ Herald

You may have noticed Prime Minister John Key and former Prime Minister Helen Clark feature on both the most and least popular lists. The results found Key at the top of the least favoured list, and also tied for fifth alongside model Rachel Hunter on the most favoured list.

The full list

Helen Clark
Kate Sheppard
Peter Jackson
Sir Edmund Hillary
Billy T. James
Rachel Hunter
Sir Peter Blake
Barry Crump
John Key
Burt Munro
Willie Apiata
Mark Todd
Valerie Adams
Katherine Mansfield
Colin Meads
Bruce McLaren
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Jean Batten
Steven Adams

Soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and pop-star Lorde both ended up on the least popular list, as third and fourth least favoured, between the prime ministers and author Barry Crump.

Sporting stars, including Steven Adams, Bruce McLaren, Colin Meads and Valerie Adams did not make either of the final lists.

Historical figures including Sir Edmund Hillary, Katherine Mansfield, Jean Batten, and Burt Munro also did not place.