New Zealand were 63 for none at stumps in response to India's first innings total of 242 on the opening day of the second cricket Test at the Hagley Oval on Saturday.
India were steady at 194 for five at tea but lost wickets in quick succession after the play resumed. Pacer Kyle Jamieson triggered the collapse, returning impressive figures of 14-3-45-5.
Tom Latham (27) and Tom Blundell (29) provided the host a solid start. They are trailing by 179 runs.
Hanuma Vihari top-scored for India with his combative 55 while Prithvi Shaw (54) and Cheteshwar Pujara (54) hit contrasting half-centuries.
Virat Kohli's (3) poor run continued while his deputy Ajikya Rahane (7) also fell cheaply.
India lost last five wickets for 48 runs, of which 26 were contributed by last-wicket pair of Mohammed Shami (16) and Jasprit Bumrah (10).