Saturday's Rugby Championship opener is the first time the two sides have met since the 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-final, which the All Blacks won 20-6.
Speaking about the World Cup defeat, Ashley-Cooper said: "It stings. But we have a new focus now and that's the Bledisloe. There's been a big build-up, a lot of buzz.
"Not only in camp but around friends and family and the whole country. I guess that's off the back of the World Cup last year being such a big tournament, a worldwide tournament, and the opportunity to get a little bit of revenge."
The 2012 Rugby Championship welcomes Argentina to the former Tri-Nations roster for the first time.