England coach Trevor Bayliss admitted to being embarrassed by his side's technical failings against a slightly swinging ball, which resulted in a collapse of such momentum that the team was unable to stop it.
When the scoreboard read 23 for 8, the lowest total in Test history of 26 was under threat, until Craig Overton hauled them over that figure and beyond their own previous lowest in Tests of 45. England were skittled before lunch in 20.4 overs, in scenes reminiscent of their own dismantling of Australia at Trent Bridge in 2015.
Trent Boult, who could barely keep the smile off his face in the post-day press conference, claimed career-best figures of 6 for 32 while Tim Southee bagged four - they were the only two bowlers needed to clean up a feeble England.
"I thought we made a lot of mistakes today with our footwork," Bayliss said. "The ball was swinging a little bit but when the ball's full, it's as simple as it gets, you've got to play forward. A lot of our guys were out today from behind the crease to fairly full balls.
"We've been on the other side of scores like that and it's euphoria. This is the opposite. Someone sneezes and the rest of the guys catch a cold don't they? Everyone was making the same type of mistakes - feet not moving properly, decision making not as it normally is.
"Someone makes a mistake at the top of the order and under pressure sometimes that happens. Unfortunately, today it was our turn. It wasn't good enough."
Asked specifically if he was embarrassed by the capitulation, he said: "Certainly, and I probably wasn't the only one in the England change-room either."