New Zealand completed just their second-ever Test series victory in the Caribbean after beating West Indies by 53 runs on the final day of the deciding Test in Barbados.
Declaring overnight to leave West Indies 308 to win at the Kensington Oval, West Indies were dismissed for 254 with 13.4 overs left in the day as pace pair Trent Boult and Tim Southee and off-spinner Mark Craig all helped themselves to three wickets apiece.
Boult captured the final West Indies wicket in the third over with the second new ball, trapping last man Jerome Taylor lbw to clinch a 2-1 series win for the Black Caps after victory in Jamaica and defeat in Trinidad.
New Zealand's only previous series win in the West Indies came back in 2002 when they claimed a 1-0 victory under Stephen Fleming's captaincy.
With showers forecast ahead of the final day, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum opted to declare overnight on 331-7, a lead of 307, with Kane Williamson unbeaten on 161.
The West Indies were in trouble early in the chase when left-arm pace bowler Boult dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite (six) and Kirk Edwards (10) cheaply.
Southee subsequently sent the dangerous Chris Gayle packing for 11 with the last ball of the 10th over, his drag on leaving the West Indies reeling at 31-3.
A New Zealand victory or a draw seemed the only two likely outcomes from that stage though two short rain delays and then stubborn resistance from the tail threatened to save the home team.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (25) and Darren Bravo (40) held firm together in a 50-run partnership but spinner Craig reignited New Zealand’s hopes of victory when he spun one past Chanderpaul and BJ Watling pulled off a smart stumping.
Southee then returned to the attack and removed Denesh Ramdin (29) and Bravo in the space of seven runs exposing West Indies’ long tail in the process.
Debutant fast bowler Jason Holder followed up his 38 in the first innings with 52 in a 77-run partnership with Shane Shillingford (30 not out) before off-spinner Craig bowled Holder between his legs off a delivery that kept low.
Last batsman Taylor, who scored a Test century against New Zealand in 2008, and Shillingford then put on 22 for the final wicket before Boult struck with a full yorker.
The victory is New Zealand’s first series win away from home against a top-eight nation in 12 years.