All Blacks were 'arrogant' - head coach Steve Hansen
As the reigning champions prepared to depart for England, coach Steve Hansen said he will be going back to basics in order to "earn the right to go forward" in the competition.
The All Blacks will be looking to be the first team to win back-to-back World Cups in this year's tournament which kicks off next week.
New Zealand's coach, who took over from Graham Henry following the 2011 victory, said: "We've got to be smart about what we do during the week [leading into the games], we didn't do that in '07 and I thought that was one of our mistakes.
"Getting your preparation right, getting out game right, dealing with things that might unexpectedly happen and the what-ifs.
"The catch-cry of 2011 was 'expect the unexpected' and I don't think we did that in 2007.
"I think we rocked up a little arrogant possibly, and like previous All Black teams over the years may have, too comfortable and having come off being the number one side for a long time and just expected it to happen.
"Rugby, or any sport, will tell you that if you rock up into a contest that involves more than one person and you expect it to happen then the other athletes will have something to say about that."
2007 saw the All Blacks have their worst finish in World Cup history after being hustled out of the competition by France in the quarter finals.
It was this defeat which spurred the Kiwi's on to their eventual victory at home four years ago, although they have never won a World Cup away from New Zealand.
Hansen added: "I understand why the public get a bit of anxiety because they care so much and that's what makes New Zealand such a great place to be involved because you've got a fan base of four million people who really want us to do well.
"And that makes us strive even harder than just for ourselves.
"You're going to have to do the basics, and the basics haven't changed whether you play attacking rugby or kicking rugby.
"You've got to earn the right to go forward, you've got to earn the right to compete by preparing well and you've got to front up physically."
The All Blacks kick off their campaign against Argentina at Wembley on Sunday 20th September.