A number of All Blacks were not good enough according to head coach Steve Hansen after their win over Samoa.
In New Zealand's first-ever game in Samoa, the All Blacks eventually emerged 25-16 winners but were pushed hard by their hosts.
Hansen had named a strong team, but was without players from the Highlanders and the Hurricanes, who played in last weekend's Super Rugby Final.
And he admitted that some players had underwhelmed when given their chance in Apia.
"Some guys coped with it and others didn't, so we got answers there," he told AAP.
"We're nowhere near where we need to be. It wasn't as good a performance as we were hoping for but there were a number of factors.
"There's no point us panicking. We've got a base camp and now we can keep working and keep going up.
"We know we've got to go a long way up if we're going to be really competitive."