The warning was lifted on Sunday after only small waves were recorded.
As hopes of finding more survivors faded, a humanitarian crisis loomed for thousands left homeless and in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine and shelter. "Many of us screamed hysterically".
He said the group had already been staying in tents after the July 29 quake but now officials had told them to return to Java.
The Pope said he is praying for "the repose of the deceased, the healing of the injured, and the consolation of all who grieve the loss of their loved ones".
He posted a video showing a crowd of hundreds of people crammed on a beach at one of the Gilis, apparently waiting to be ferried back to the main island.
The powerful 7.0-magnitude quake was also felt strongly on the neighboring island of Bali, one of Indonesia's most popular attractions, where people ran onto the streets in terror.
MFAT also advises all New Zealanders in Indonesia to register their details on SafeTravel and to follow any instructions issued by local authorities.
"We just witnessed one of the boats get completely overfilled with tourists climbing on, with the officials trying to keep them back off the boat, pushing them and shoving them".
Plan International Indonesia spokeswoman Dini Widiastuti said the staff immediately sprang into action to assist with the evacuation to higher ground.
More than a 1,000 tourists were being evacuated from the diving resort of Gili Trawangan after an quake on Sunday caused extensive damage and reported fatalities.
My thoughts and prayers for everyone in Lombok and Bali.
Garuda Indonesia vice president corporate secretary Hengki Heriandono said in a statement that he hoped the additional flights would help people wishing to leave Lombok for Bali. Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.
No Australians are thought to be have been killed or injured in the deadly Lombok quake.
"The lower floors we went down there was more damage visible [there] than at the top [floors]". In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia. "It was the violence of the shaking of the building - was pretty dramatic", he said in a radio interview.
Long lines formed at the airport of Lombok's main town, Mataram, as foreign visitors cut their holidays short.
The tremors initially sparked tsunami fears as model Chrissy Teigen - who is on holiday in nearby Bali with husband John Legend - recounted her terror to her 10.6 million Twitter followers. One of the names she gave the baby boy was "Gempa", which means quake.