New Zealand were 5-240 in their first innings at tea after winning the toss on the opening day of the second and final Test against India in Bangalore on Friday.
Skipper Ross Taylor was unbeaten on 112 at the break – his seventh Test century – with Kruger van Wyk seven not out.
From a shaky 3-108 at lunch, the Black Caps peeled off 132 runs in the middle session.
Earlier, Martin Guptill scored 53 for New Zealand.
Spinner Pragyan Ojha was the most effective of the Indian bowlers with figures of 3-67.
New Zealand made a disastrous start to their innings, losing Brendon McCullum for a duck without a run on the board.
They then lost Kane Williamson for 17, Daniel Flynn for 33 and James Franklin for eight.