Australia headed over the Tasman Sea in confident mood after their recent victory over South Africa and arrived in Auckland looking to end a 35-year victory draught at Eden Park. But it was not to be as New Zealand sent out a clear warning ahead of the World Cup.
Ma'a Nonu crossed for the game's first try after a early Carter penalty and their was no let up from the hosts as Kevin Mealamu also crashed over for a converted try before the break.
James O'Connor struggled with the boot for the visitors as Australia went into half-time without a score to their name.
Carter had the first word of the second period, with a simple drop-goal extending his side's advantage.
Digby Ioane gave Australia hope after combining with full-back Kurtley Beale for a classy score, which Quade Cooper converted.
New Zealand though hit straight back from the re-start, Sitiveni Sivivatu touching down for the All Black's third try. Australia captain Rocky Elsom grabbed a late score but it was New Zealand's day in Auckland.
New Zealand: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Wyatt Crockett. Replacements: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Samuel Whitelock, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Colin Slade, 22 Sonny Bill Williams.
Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O'Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom (c), 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu. Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Dan Vickerman, 19 Scott Higginbotham, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Anthony Fainga'a, 22 Lachie Turner.