Kyle Jamieson registered his third five-wicket haul in six Tests as New Zealand bowled out Pakistan for 297, anchored by contrasting fifties from Azhar Ali and Mohammad Rizwan.
Jamieson finished day one with impressive figures of five for 69, boosting his excellent fast bowling credentials on a lively Christchurch surface.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl first on the green strip with Pakistan's stand-in captain Rizwan sharing the same intentions had the coin landed in his favour.
Jamieson extracted genuine bounce and seam movement to bamboozle the Pakistan batsmen while Azhar firmly held one end and stitched valuable partnerships for his team.
Shan Masood fell early in the fray when Tim Southee delivered a toe-crushing yorker in the third over. Masood surprisingly chose to review the lbw decision by the umpire as hawkeye indicated the ball would have thudded the middle of middle-stump.
Azhar and opener Abid Ali made amends to the nervy start by blunting the shine off the new ball. the two added 62 for the second wicket before a frenzied display of swing bowling from Jamieson ripped through Pakistan's middle-order.
Standing at 6 feet 8 inches, Jamieson ruffled the batsmen with awkward bounce and the perfect blend of testing fuller length deliveries.
He removed Abid, Haris Sohail and Fawad Alam in the space of four overs to leave the tourists tottering at 83/4.
The delivery to account for the wicket of last match's centurion Alam was the most vicious of the lot. The ball climbed up to the left-handed batsman at an uncomfortable height, placed right into Alam's blind spot as he fended it off to wicketkeeper BJ Watling for an easy catch behind the stumps.
The carnage initiated by Jamieson met its match in a splendid counterattack launched by Azhar and skipper Rizwan. The two exhibited a range of pulsating shots to score quickly and put the pressure back on the opposition.
Azhar and Rizwan scored at a healthy rate of four runs an over during their punishing fifth-wicket stand. Riding on the back of his fine form, Rizwan blasted 11 boundaries on his way to his fourth successive fifty of the tour.
He smacked 61 off 71 balls but was ultimately caught in two minds by a fuller Jamieson delivery that jagged back at him to induce an outside edge.
Azhar subsequently established another attacking partnership with all-rounder Faheem Ashraf but had to depart seven runs short of a well-deserved century.
After putting on a sublime show with the bat, Azhar was caught by a case of the nervous nineties to nick to first slip off the bowling of Matt Henry, recalled into the side to replace the injured Neil Wagner.
Faheem's freewheeling charge tapered in intensity towards the latter half of his innings and he got out to Jamieson, giving the 26-year-old his fifth wicket of the day.
Zafar Gohar, on debut, thwacked some delectable drives in his short and sweet stay at the crease to delay New Zealand's onslaught.
He reached 34 before finally being caught off the bowling of Southee. Trent Boult cleaned up the tail, taking the wickets of Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah as New Zealand will begin their innings on Monday.