New Zealand captain Tom Latham hailed a “perfect performance” after his team completed a one-sided demolition of a pitiful South Africa, winning the first Test by an innings and 276 runs before lunch on day three day on Saturday.
Tim Southee took five wickets as New Zealand bowled out South Africa for 111 in their second innings, a paltry total that was nonetheless more than their first innings haul.
The result ended a 16-match winless streak by the Black Caps in Tests between the two nations, stretching back to 2004.
The reigning world Test champions have never won a series against South Africa but will break their duck barring a major turnaround in the second Test of the two-match series.
Pace bowler Matt Henry was named Player of the Match after picking up nine wickets overall, including 7-23 in the first innings at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
He also made a swashbuckling 58 not out batting at No. 11.
“You’ve got to give credit to the bowling group,” Henry said, deflecting praise. “We created pressure at both ends for a long period and I was the one that got the rewards at the other end.”