All-rounder Shahid Afridi smashed a 21-ball fifty to keep Pakistan alive in the game after he was dismissed by Adam Milne for 67.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq also scored a half-century and established a crucial and quick 71-run stand with Afridi.
Misbah tood firm and stabilised the lineup after a dismal show of performance by the team’s top order. He had managed to keep the scorecard running by maintaining important partnerships with Harish Sohail and Umar Akmal.
Pakistan were all-out at a score of 210 in 45.3 overs after Mohammad Hafeez (0), Ahmed Shehzad (15), Younis Khan (9), Haris Sohail (23), Umar Akmal (13), Sarfraz Ahmed (5), Misbah-ul-Haq (58) Bilawal Bhatti (0), Shahid Afridi (67) and Ehsan Adil (6) contributed their share of innings to the team.
New Zealand’s Kyle Mills took two early wickets to leave Pakistan batting in tatters as the openers once again failed to provide a strong start. Left-arm medium-fast Corey Anderson also dismissed two batsman.
Left-arm fast-medium Trent Boult and right-arm medium Grant Elliott also took two wickets each, while Adam Milne managed to silent a fiery Afridi.
New Zealand had won the toss and opted to bowl in the first of two ODIs.
The series offers a final chance for both sides to fine-tune before the World Cup begins on February 14. New Zealand have made four changes to the side that completed a 4-2 series win over Sri Lanka on the same wicket two days ago.
Captain Brendon McCullum returns along with Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne and Trent Boult, replacing Kane Williamson, Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan.
Pakistan have not played a one-dayer since series against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates, but captain Misbah-ul Haq felt they had acclimatised well in two warm-up games this week against a New Zealand XI.
The Pakistan side also includes all-rounder Haris Sohail who claimed he was woken by a ghost in his hotel room when the team were training in Christchurch last weekend.
New Zealand – Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (capt), Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne and Trent Boult.
Pakistan – Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Ehsan Adil and Mohammad Irfan.
Toss: New Zealand
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Michael Gough (ENG)
TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)