Full-back Mils Muliaina revealed that Lochore had spoken to the squad ahead of Saturday's clash with the Wallabies, while senior players Anton Oliver, Richie McCaw and Aaron Mauger had also held court on the rivalry.
Smith was fly-half in the team that broke the green and gold stranglehold on the Bledisloe Cup in the early 1980s.
"It was my first tour and the Aussies were carrying the cup around and it was a difficult experience," he said.
"Winning it back in '84 was a highlight of my career."
Smith also insisted that moves to prevent the media from watching the week's final training session were needed to avoid giving away vital game plans ahead of the Eden Park contest and in the run-up to this autumn's World Cup in France.
"It would be counter-productive to show everything that we are hoping to use," he added.
"We are developing a game - we're in a phase that we haven't peaked and we don't want to peak."
The All Blacks have made changes to their backline from the side beaten 20-15 by Australia in Melbourne last month.
Centre Isaia Toeava returns, as does winger Doug Howlett. Keith Robinson will also replace Troy Flavell.
Australia are without number eight David Lyons for the contest.
The veteran back-rower has been ruled out with deep vein thrombosis, after Wallabies doctor Martin Raftery found a blood clot in Lyons' left calf during a training session in Auckland.
Lyons is replaced by Stephen Hoiles, with Mark Chisholm promoted to the bench.
The Wallabies are also without suspended winger Lote Tuqiri and former Northland full-back Julian Huxley, who is suffering with a thigh injury.
Veteran outside back Chris Latham returns to the bench after completing his recovery from knee surgery.