New Zealand's oldest man Jack Coe dies days after celebrating 107th birthday

New Zealand's oldest living man has died days after celebrating his 107th birthday.

Jack Coe, who until recently had been living independently in his Marton home, enjoyed his 107th birthday on May 11 with family and friends at St Johns Wood Care Centre and Village.

Born in a tent in 1916 on Gorton St in Bulls, a small town in the Rangitikei District of Manawatū-Whanganui, Coe lived almost his entire life in his hometown and nearby Marton - with the exception of military service during World War II, which saw him stationed in New Caledonia defending an American Air Force base.

As he celebrated his birthday on Thursday, Newshub heard Coe's secret to a long life: caramel popcorn and a beer.

Due to health complications, Coe moved to St Johns Wood in Taupō four months ago in order to live closer to his son, Peter. Despite his health deteriorating, Peter told 1News his father's death has still come as a surprise, but recalled him saying: "I'll get to 107, and that'll do."

Coe's family will hold a private cremation before returning him to Marton to be buried alongside his wife, Thora. Coe will also be farewelled by the local RSA.

His family has asked for privacy at this time.