Coming out to open the innings, England skipper Alastair Cook made 34 runs and put on a 56-run partnership with Jonathan Trott for the second wicket.
Opener Nick Compton missed out and edged an away-going delivery from Tim Southee to third slip for one.
Doug Bracewell and Neil Wagner dismissed Jonathan Trott and Cook off consecutive deliveries to restrict England to 67/3 at Lunch.
Resuming the innings after Lunch, Joe Root along with Ian Bell consolidated the England innings.
Playing only his sixth Test, Root notched up his maiden century. His 104 included nine boundaries
Johny Bairstow contributed with a useful 64 and put on a 124-run partnership with Root for the fifth wicket.
Trent Boult struck with the second new ball dismissing both Root and Bairstow in quick successions reducing England from 270-4 to 286-7.