New Zealand edged up one place in the latest ICC Test rankings to seventh following the annual update on the ladder by cricket's world governing body.
The Black Caps racked up wins over Zimbabwe and Australia last year, plus two draws with South Africa, giving them 87 points to the West Indies' 84.
England still hold the top spot with 122 points, while Australia move into No.2 on 116 and South Africa lie third with 113.
The Proteas can leap above Australia and England if they win their upcoming Test series against the world No.1 team.
Pakistan, despite a 1-0 defeat in the three-Test series which finished in Sri Lanka on Thursday, have moved up to fourth while India, No.1 this time last year, slip down to fifth, six points ahead of Sri Lanka.