The All Blacks face a difficult battle to squeeze in time for recovery and preparation ahead of their last game in this year's Rugby Championship against South Africa, according to hooker Dane Coles.
The majority of the squad has arrived on Tuesday in Cape Town after a long trip from Buenos Aires.
It takes three separate flights over more than 24 hours to get from the Argentine capital to Cape Town.
New Zealand has only had a regeneration session in the pool since and will probably take to the practice field today.
Coles says considering their travel situation, mentally they have to get themselves in the right spot and be smart with the time they have.
The five players who did not go to Argentina, Sam Cane, Sam Whitelock, Liam Squire, Lima Sopoaga and Ryan Crotty have also arrived in South Africa.
The All Blacks meet South Africa 3.05am Sunday while Argentina meet Australia at 10.40am Sunday.