It was not a flawless performance from the Wallabies but there were enough positives to give Wallabies coach Dave Rennie hope his side can win the second Bledisloe Cup Test next Sunday at Auckland's Eden Park, although he would be mindful of Australia's woeful record at the venue.
The Wallabies ushered in a new era under Rennie - overseeing his first match in charge since replacing Michael Cheika, just like All Blacks counterpart Ian Foster - rallying through second-half tries from Marika Koroibete and debutant Filipo Daugunu, having trailed 13-3 to Jordie Barrett and Rieko Ioane five-pointers.
The game ran on for a further seven minutes of continuous play as both sides looked for the win before Australia fly-half James O'Connor made a decision to end the contest with a kick to touch.
However, it could have been very different for the All Blacks, had centre Rieko Ioane not blown a certain try.
It would have given the All Blacks a 10 or 12 point halftime lead, but Foster refused to blame the midfielder.
"I'll get 100. and then we've got a bunch of guys on the other side of the spectrum here on the weekend", he said.
"You don't dwell on errors in test matches, there were a whole lot of errors before that and a whole lot of errors after that".
"You can't trust the wind too much in Wellington so I aimed it right at the left post and it turns out it would have been better to be just outside the left post, but I hit it so well as I could have".
"It's a Bledisloe series and both teams will be determined to put a marker down", Foster said.
All Blacks captain Sam Cane, in his first test as official skipper, experienced a range of emotions after the final whistle. "We're certainly not celebrating in the changing room".
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"Lots of emotions but as buggered as you are after a test match like that and a result like that, I'm aleady looking forward to the next one".
Australia regathered possession and went in search of a match-winning try instead of setting up a drop goal attempt right in front of the post.
The 26-year-old said his Wallabies teammates supported him after the game as he was aware of his disappointment. It's not really up to our standard.
New Zealand haven't lost at the ground since 1994, while the Wallabies haven't won there since 1986.
"Obviously the All Blacks have got a fantastic record there, but it's the same size field as everywhere else".
"While we Americans are sitting at home watching the National Football League today keep in mind this happened in New Zealand today", he posted.
There are three new faces on the bench, with Blues duo Caleb Clarke and Hoskins Sotutu, and Chiefs bolter Tupou Vaa'i, all set to make their Test debuts if called upon on Sunday afternoon. "I'm still buzzing, I'm just so glad to tick off something so big in my life and it's just real special eh".
Wallabies replacement Reece Hodge had the opportunity to win the game in the second minute of injury time with a massive penalty that struck the posts, sparking a virtually continuous passage of play that lasted another seven minutes.
"Pretty special for me personally".