The hosts hit back in the 28th minute when Gemma Flynn sounded the board off a Sophie Cocks tap-it in a goalmouth melee. Anita Punt triggered more joy among the spectators close to half-time when she converted a penalty corner to ensure her side had the advantage going into the break.
Korea came out firing in the second stanza and evened up the contest through Yun Kyoung Cho. The Kiwis regained the lead through Sian Fremaux before Mi Hyun Park again got into the goal-scoring act in the 55th minute.
With fifteen minutes to go for the final hooter, the match could have gone either way. Jong Eun Kim killed off the contest in the 63rd minute to ensure her side take a 1-0 lead with one Test to go.