After a slightly anticlimactic day 1, this match is slowly transforming into everything cricket fans love about the 5 day format.
The spotlight was once again stolen by New Zealand opener Devon Conway, who fell as the 10th wicket, finishing with exactly 200 off 347 balls on debut.
That wasn't without an outstanding fight back by England, however. Once Wood had Nicholls caught at fine leg for 61, New Zealand collapsed from 288-4 to 338-9 in 20 overs.
England, now with a sniff of restricting the Kiwis to a reasonable score, failed to dislodge Neil Wagner, hitting a quick fire 25 off 21 to just tip the balance back in New Zealand's favour.
After two quick wickets fell at the start of England's innings, Joe Root (42) and Rory Burns (59*) dug deep to steady the ship, ending the day on 111-2, 267 runs behind the New Zealand total.
The game is in the balance. Tomorrow itis absolutely vital for both teams to assert their dominance in the game, but isn't that always the case in Test Cricket?