Slideshow: Maori welcome for William, Kate
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also opened a new visitors centre at the city's Botanical Gardens. Huge crowds gathered across the city as locals came out to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple.
Prince William, in a speech at the air force museum, said "Christchurch was a city that has chosen not only to survive but to thrive" following 2011's devastating earthquake.
Prince William and Catherine have a rest day on Tuesday before resuming their tour of New Zealand and Australia in Wellington on Wednesday.The royal couple is on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia.