There were debuts for opener Jeet Raval and Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle returned after a four-year gap, while Tim Southee, who missed the India series because of a hamstring injury, and Neil Wagner returned to the XI.
There is little doubt Colin de Grandhomme would do the same as he destroyed Pakistan in the first Test, picking six-for to bundle out the visitors for 133 runs on Friday.
After being sent in, Pakistan survived the first hour but when de Grandhomme clean bowled Azhar Ali for 15 with a sweet in-ducker it sparked a slide.
A massive natural disaster that jolted central New Zealand on Monday has taken some of the focus off the beginning of the host country's Test cricket season.
Black Caps all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, second from right, is congratulated by his teammates after taking his first test wicket.
De Grandhomme, pushing the ball up and getting swing and seam off the green pitch at strictly medium pace, had three wickets in his first seven overs to slice through Pakistan in the morning session. Pakistan themselves, who saw a collapse of sorts in the middle where they slipped from 51 for 1 to 56 for 4 had reduced New Zealand to 40 for 3.
The opening day on Thursday was washed out without a ball being bowled, which means a deficit of 150 or more, unlike 200 for five-day matches, can invite a follow-on.
Kai Schwoerer Getty Images Debutant Colin de Grandhomme left Henry Nicholls middle and Ross Taylor during the New Zealand national anthem
Ali was gone for 15 and what was to be Pakistan's second highest partnership of 31 was over.
Southee's strong appeal for lbw against Aslam from the last ball of the first over was turned down, and he encouraged Williamson to review the decision.
Ali, Khan and batsman Babar Azam were introduced to the Pakistan side who lost to the West Indies in Sharjah two weeks ago.
In addition to de Grandhomme's 6 for 41, Southee took 2 for 20 while Boult had 2 for 39. Nonetheless, Kiwis have their tail up as Pakistan's 133 is never going to be challenging to a side who bat deep.
However, Pakistan is adamant they can turn things around.
Quick bowler Wahab Riaz has been left out, while gifted young batsman Babar Azam returns.
Misbah-ul-Haq, captaining Pakistan for the 50th time in Tests, offered some resistance with 31 but went on the attack as he began to run out of partners only to chip Boult straight to mid-off.