England were bowled out for just 58 as Trent Boult and Tim Southee produced a swing bowling masterclass in the first session of the day-night Test in Auckland.
Boult led the way, bowling both Joe Root (0) and Ben Stokes (0), taking a Test-best 6-32 as England slumped to 27-9 before Craig Overton's brisk 33 not out at least spared them the ignominy of recording their lowest ever Test score (45).
Kane Williamson led the New Zealand reply, showing all of his class in hitting an unbeaten 91 as the hosts closed on 175-3, giving them a commanding lead of 117.
There was one moment for England to savour as Stuart Broad dismissed Tom Latham early in the evening session for his 400th wicket in Test cricket, but the achievement was rather overshadowed by the tourists' dismal display with the bat.
The dramatic collapse was made all the more surprising given Williamson's apparent doubts over putting England in and after Root revealed he would likely have batted anyway had he won the toss.
However, once Boult had Alastair Cook (5) caught in the slips and then castled the England skipper, batting at No 3, in his next over, Williamson's decision was already justified.
From there England capitulated, Boult and Southee's (4-25) mastery of the swinging pink ball matched only by England's naivety with the bat and New Zealand's ruthlessness in the field, exemplified by Williamson's stunning catch to remove Broad.
Overton batted with conviction to drag the visitors past 50 and was unbeaten as Boult took the final wicket to bring the opening session to an end.
Jeet Raval (3) gave England the chance of a run out from the very first ball of the New Zealand innings but Mark Stoneman's throw was off target with Latham well short of his ground.
Root then shelled a catch at second slip, distracted by Dawid Malan's dive across him from third, denying Broad his 400th wicket, if only for a short while, but it cost England only one as Anderson found Raval's edge soon after.
Latham (26) and Williamson added 84 for the second wicket, only for Broad to break the stand with a leg stump half-volley that the former chipped to midwicket in the first over after the dinner interval.
Williamson also survived a run out appeal after backing up too far, with the third umpire unable to find conclusive evidence that Chris Woakes had got his fingertips onto the ball before it hit the stumps at the non-striker's end.
An Anderson bounced accounted for Ross Taylor (20) but Williamson and Henry Nicholls (24no) saw New Zealand through to stumps, adding 52 under the lights for the fourth wicket to compound a miserable day for England.