New Zealand bowlers showcased a brilliant performance as West Indies batting line-up crumbled for a second time in the first Test to hand the hosts a massive win by an innings and 67 runs on Day Four here at the Basin Reserve on Monday.
Taylor, now New Zealand's third most prolific Test batsman of all time, was singled out by the West Indies at the start of the day as their most wanted wicket.
But just like they did in the first innings, after going from 59-0 to all out for 134, the Windies capitulated as Matt Henry (3-57), Trent Boult (2-87), Colin de Grandhomme (2-40), Neil Wagner (2-102) and Mitchell Santner (1-25) tore through the visitors easily.
Brathwaite and Shai Hope (21 not out) kept the runs ticking over, with the Windies now resembling a competitive team heading into the fourth day.
But captain Jason Holder rejected suggestions they had caved in, saying the plan was to play positively.
Trent Boult took 2-87 and the de Grandhomme, with his relatively gentle medium pace, removed Ambris with the first ball after lunch to set the final slide in motion.
Left-armer Neil Wagner earned the man of the match award for his match-influencing 7-39 in the West Indies' first innings.
Roston Chase fell to Matt Henry for 18 as the West Indies ended the morning having lost three for 72.
"It was a superb effort all round really", New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said.
Ross Taylor (93) and Henry Nicholls (67) built on a solid opening partnership before Colin de Grandhomme, who scored his maiden test century of 105, and debutant wicketkeeper Tom Blundell put on a rapid-fire 148-run partnership that took the game away from the visitors on the second day.
"We've seen the West Indies in the last few series they've played and they've got better and better through those series so we'll be expecting them to be better in the next test", Williamson said.
"I thought in the first innings we were fairly fortunate as well as bowling very well in exploiting the bounce in the surface", Williamson said.
"We just wanted to be positive".