The New Zealand cricketers have turned in a face-saving second innings batting effort to be 164 for four in their second innings at stumps on day two of the first test against South Africa in Capetown.
The Black Caps still trail the home side by 133 runs after South Africa declared its first innings at 347 for eight, in reply to New Zealand's embarrassing first-up effort of 45.
Dean Brownlie is unbeaten on 69, while captain Brendon McCullum made 51.
Pace bowlers Doug Bracewell and Chris Martin were the most successful of the New Zealand bowlers each taking three wickets.
In their first innings, New Zealand were all out for 45 - their third lowest ever Test total.