New Zealand must survive two days with the bat to salvage the first cricket test against Australia in Brisbane, with the hosts firmly in control heading into day four at the Gabba.
Australia will resume their second innings on 264 for 4 with a lead of 503 runs.
The Black Caps were dismissed for 317 yesterday afternoon, with Kane Williamson top-scoring with 140.
The hosts then decided not to enforce the follow-on, and both their openers Joe Burns and David Warner made centuries.
Australia is likely to declare before play on day four to give themselves as much time as possible to bowl out the Black Caps.
While admitting New Zealand face a near impossible task to save the test, Williamson is not ready to concede defeat just yet.
The final session yesterday proved costly for the tourists, with both Warner and Burns blasting centuries, ruthlessly exploiting a bowling attack weakened by the loss of injured senior paceman Tim Southee.
David Warner was finally caught for 116 by Trent Boult off Mark Craig - his second ton of the Test. Joe Burns, who brought up his maiden Test century with a six, was finally snared by Craig for 129, caught by Ross Taylor at deep midwicket.
Two more wickets followed before stumps. Australian captain Steve Smith made only one before Williamson caught him off Boult, and nightwatchman Mitchell Marsh went soon after off Craig for two, caught by Brendon McCullum.
Usman Khawajah finished the day not out on nine, with Adam Voges on one.
Classy ton not enough
New Zealand's only highlight of the day was Kane Williamson's 11th test century.
The standout batsman was last man out for 140 as their innings ended, when he was caught behind off Mitchell Starc.
But his ton was nowhere enough to really eat into the Australians' massive first-innings lead after their 556 for four declared.
Williamson had held the New Zealand innings together on day three after they lost wicketkeeper BJ Watling for 32 and bowler Mark Craig for 24 before lunch, when they were 273 for seven.
Watling snicked a thin edge through to the keeper off Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, while Craig threw away his wicket with a slice to point off spinner Nathan Lyon.
Doug Bracewell did not add to his score after the break, the paceman bowled by Marsh for 16.
Injured bowler Tim Southee came out to bat with Williamson and put on a quickfire 14 in his usual swashbuckling fashion, despite his bad back - Southee hitting two fours with a 100 percent strike rate before being bowled by Marsh. Trent Boult was not out on 0.