There were reports that members of the Bangladesh cricket team were also present at the site.
All Blacks centre Williams, a devout Muslim, said his "heart is hurting" as he posted an emotional video tribute soon after the attacks.
"This is shocking. This will change the entire fabric of worldwide sports hosting", he said.
"There were bodies all over me", he said.
"We'll demand proper security wherever our team goes in future".
"This is significant and I can tell you now this is and will be one of New Zealand's darkest days".
The Bangladesh team did not have dedicated security personnel with them for their New Zealand tour. We were very close to the mosque, and we could see from the bus.
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"Then at that point we realised that if they came out of the mosque and [started shooting], we'd be in trouble".
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal called the near-miss "frightening", while team-mate Mushfiqur Rahim tweeted: "We r extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us".
The Test in Christchurch was the first to be cancelled since 2002, when a match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi was called off after a terrorist bombing in the city. Small and isolated, New Zealand has often considered itself immune from wider world events such as terrorist violence. Fortunately, all the players have managed to return to their hotel safely. "It is clear that this tragedy will affect people in different ways, and Canterbury Cricket is here to support our players however we can".
"I know the work has already been done by the security director together with all the security agencies in the United Kingdom and they are leaving no stone unturned", he added.
Guptill and Ferguson were due to be part of the Auckland side to face Otago in Dunedin but have stepped down. Among those ODIs, one was at the Hagley Oval (Christchurch) that New Zealand won by eight wickets (second ODI).
Cricket teams have previously abandoned tours because of security fears but most had been in South Asia, including Bangladesh which Australia decided against touring in 2015. It's about life, it's about respect; it's about family and community. He was unable to say whether the test match would go ahead on Saturday as scheduled.
The team are believed to have been among 200 worshippers at the mosque when the carnage unfolded at around 1.40pm Christchurch time this afternoon.