The Royal Penguin being cared for by staff at the Wellington Zoo died over the weekend.
At this stage zoo staff are unsure about the reason for the death but believe it maybe due to multiple organ failure.
On Sunday the penguin was found critically ill on the Wairarapa coast, 2000km from its home in the Sub Antarctica It has been at the zoo since Monday.
Royal Penguins rarely venture to the North Island as the climate is too warm.
However this is not the first time Wellington Zoo vets have been called on to nurse a lost penguin.
An Emperor Penguin nicknamed Happy Feet spent two months in a specially designed ice box at Wellington Zoo after he was found washed up on a Kapiti Coast Beach in 2011.
Happy Feet rose to national fame before he was released near Campbell Island.
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