In came England, aiming to add more runs than the 58 they managed in their first innings. They started poorly, with Alastair Cook dismissed for two runs off 11 balls.
Mark Stoneman was next to bat, and he forged a solid partnership with Joe Root, as the pair each mounted half-centuries to push England on. Root's time at the crease petered out, however, as he was injured with a couple of balls remaining before being caught off a bouncer with the last play of the day.
England, who will resume with Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes, will be looking to mount a challenge on the final day, although New Zealand look to be close to victory with an innings left to play.