England made 285 for eight after being sent into bat in the first one-day international against New Zealand in Hamilton on Sunday.
Jos Buttler was run out for 79 while Joe Root made 71.
For New Zealand, Trent Boult, Mitch Santner and Ish Sodhi took two wickets apiece.
However, the much-hyped return to international cricket for England all-rounder Ben Stokes was a short-lived affair with the bat.
The 26-year-old, who has been sidelined by England since a nightclub incident five months ago, lasted only 22 balls and made 12 runs before he was dismissed.
He was undone by a flighted delivery from spinner Mitch Santner which the left-hander attempted to slog-sweep but instead top-edged it to Ross Taylor.
Stokes's dismissal left England at 139 for four in the 29th over with Joe Root not out 61.