(CNN) -- The rain in Napier denied New Zealand the chance to claim a series victory on the final day of the third Test against Pakistan.
The Black Caps bowled out the tourists for 455 to give themselves a reachable target of 208 to win, and BJ Watling was leading the charge towards that total with 60 off 62 balls when rain stopped them short at 90 without loss.
The umpires finally called time on proceedings at 6.45pm local time to leave the series tied at 1-1.
Pakistan began the day on 347 for four but added just 108 more to give the home side the edge.
Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee claimed two final-day wickets apiece before Martin Guptill brought the Pakistan innings to a close by claiming the wicket of Mohammad Asif. Kamran Akmal was left stranded on 56 not out.
New Zealand knew they would need to be aggressive if they were to chase down the runs they needed and while Tim McIntosh produced a circumspect 23 off 54 balls, Watling really let loose on the Pakistan attack.
Watling claimed nine fours in total, four them off the bowling of Gul, while he also hit Danish Kaneria for four and six in the same over.
Ultimately though the rain came to Pakistan's rescue after drizzle turned into a heavier downpour.
A draw looked the most likely outcome early on as Umar Akmal claimed his half-century with the second ball of the day as his outside edge off Chris Martin found the gap between first slip and wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum.
The score had edged along to 360 when Misbah ul-Haq was stumped by McCullum for seven as he came down the track and missed his attempted slog off Vettori.
Umar Akmal finally fell for 77 off 144 balls as he top-edged one from Southee to McCullum, bringing Mohammad Aamer to the crease alongside Kamran Akmal.
Vettori struck again just three balls before the end of the first session to remove Aamer for seven, after he directed a shot straight to Martin at midwicket.
New Zealand's hopes were further raised when Iain O'Brien, in his final Test match, had Umar Gul out for a duck after a fine catch from Daniel Flynn.
Southee struck again with a short ball which induced a top edge from Kaneria to McCullum for 11, with Pakistan on 449 with just one remaining wicket.
Kamran Akmal was fighting a determined rearguard action for Pakistan and just after reaching his 50 smashed Vettori for six over midwicket, but they were finally all out for 455 when Asif was trapped in front by Guptill for a duck off 10 balls.