The University Oval wicket wasn't at its best on the opening day of Plunket Shield cricket as 16 wickets fell at the Dunedin ground.
The Oval will host the first test between Pakistan and New Zealand in a fortnight.
Northern Knights strike bowler Brent Arnel took 6 for 18 as Otago was dismissed for 88, with Northern 195 for 6 in reply.
There were good batting conditions in Napier as Auckland scored 319 for 6 against Central Districts.
And at the Basin Reserve Canterbury are 29 for 1 in reply to Wellington's first innings of 214.