Joe Rokocoko ran in a hat-trick as New Zealand completed a series whitewash with an ultimately convincing second Test win over 14-man England.
England were left facing an uphill task after Simon Shaw was sent off following a melee after just 12 minutes at Eden Park.
Sir Clive Woodward's side managed to hold out the All Blacks for large spells but in the end the extra man and the pace of Rokocoko made the difference.
Daniel Carter and Carlos Spencer also touched down as England suffered a third successive Test defeat for the first time since 1998.
Carter maintained his remarkable 100% success rate in the series by converting the first four of New Zealand's five tries and landing an early penalty.
All of England's points came from the boot of Charlie Hodgson.
England withstood some strong running from the All Blacks in the opening minutes and claimed an early lead with Hodgson's first two penalties.
But it soon started to go wrong as tempers frayed and violence broke out after 12 minutes.
Punches were exchanged and Shaw paid the penalty after touch judge Andrew Cole spotted him going in on Keith Robinson with his knee.
It became an exercise in damage limitation for England but for a time they gave as good as they got as they restricted the All Blacks to a Carter penalty.
But England suffered a further blow when centre Stuart Abbott left the field injured and New Zealand eventually forced themselves ahead when Rokocoko broke clear and Carter crossed despite the attentions of Tom Voyce.
Carter's conversion gave the hosts a 10-6 lead at the interval and as England then lost their other centre, Mike Tindall, to injury the odds were heavily stacked against them.
New Zealand then took charge completely after the break as Rokocoko raced in for a stunning try from a Nick Evans pass within five minutes of the restart.
Gaps were now starting to appear out wide, and it seemed there was little England could do to keep the try-hungry All Blacks out.
Rokocoko's second followed soon after as New Zealand swept forward in another free-flowing attack after 53 minutes.
Hodgson reduced the arrears with two further penalties but England's resistance was well and truly broken.
Rokocoko completed his hat-trick with 10 minutes to go, catching Spencer's kick and touching down with England's defence at sixes and sevens.
Carter maintained his success rate to make it 31-12.
New Zealand had Marty Holah sin-binned for deliberate offside with eight minutes of normal time remaining, temporarily levelling the player count at 14-14.
England went in search of a consolation try, but Danny Grewcock became involved in a fight with All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu, prompting a warning to both players by referee Nigel Williams.
New Zealand were now in complete control, and fly-half Spencer weaved his way through for the All Blacks' fifth try, Andrew Mehrtens missing the conversion.
England had given it everything in adversity, yet they will head to Brisbane and next week's World Cup final rematch with Australia with their confidence shaken.