Griffiths has been drilling in New Zealand since 1950

The business, Griffiths Drilling was formed in Wellington in 1971. Today we are recognised as geotechnical drilling specialists who are leading contractors in all other aspects of drilling, this includes our technical consultancy service.

Geotechnical drilling division icon at griffiths Drilling

Services provided:

  • Sonic drilling
  • PQ & HQ coring
  • Rotary drilling
  • SPT testing
  • Piezometer installations
  • Downhole geophysical testing
  • Ground anchors
  • Soil nails
  • Micro piling
  • Vacuum excavation

Services provided:

  • Cone Penetration Testing (CPT)
  • Small diameter Piezometer installations
  • Window sampling (new)
  • Direct push sampling
  • Core liner sampling
  • Heavy dynamic probe
  • Scala penetrometer testing
  • Hand augers
  • Field resources & logging services
  • Ground penetrating radar
  • Test pits

Services provided:

  • Municipal water supply bores
  • Water exploration bores
  • Irrigation bores
  • Commercial supply bores
  • Domestic supply bores
  • Water monitoring bores
  • Pump install & servicing
  • Bore head refurbishment
  • Bore & bore head design
  • Casing integrity testing
  • Pump testing & design
  • Water quality testing
  • Flow testing
  • Downhole camera assessments


Gordon Griffiths 1952 Wellington Central Train Station

Griffiths Drilling in New Zealand

Griffiths Drilling keeps a strong link with its past, and also has a keen and critical eye on the future. This way we have solid business foundations behind us and can go forward no matter where the drilling industry in New Zealand heads. 

Our strong business principles were established by Gordon Griffiths, and all our daily operations continue under them today. We constantly strive to improve our service and efficiency, that’s why Griffiths Drilling has added 2 business service divisions to stand alongside our Geotechnical Drilling – these are Geoscience and Hydrology operations

We are confident that this structure, with our people, experience and modern equipment will continue to deliver top quality results for our clients all over New Zealand.


Latest News from Griffiths Drilling

Griffiths Drilling Head Office in Wellington, NZ.

Griffiths Drilling Opens 2 New Depots

It’s an exciting development for Griffiths Drilling as a new depot in Palmerston North and another in Hawkes Bay are set to open very shortly. This expansion has been under careful consideration for the last 2 years, with planning successfully completed both depots will be fully operational in the next few weeks.  The new depots

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RiverLink sign in Lower Hutt, Wellington

Phase 4 of RiverLink Lower Hutt complete

Te Wai Takamori o Te Awa Kairangi is a transformational project for Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai – Lower Hutt. It’s a partnership between iwi Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika and Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, with an Alliance of AECOM and Fletcher

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Aerial view of Griffiths Drilling barge working on iRex Project in Wellington harbour

Griffiths onboard with iRex project

Griffiths Drilling are proud to be associated with the iRex project in Wellington Harbour. The best days are behind the current ferries and they need to be replaced to service the next generation and contribute to our zero-carbon future. That’s why transforming the Interislander and upgrading the existing service is underway. Through the iReX project, KiwiRail

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"...good people who take pride in their work and consistently go the extra mile when needed..."

I have known Mel Griffiths and his team for a decade now and am constantly impressed with their positive can-do attitude and approach to their work.  Mel has surrounded himself with good people who take pride in their work and consistently go the extra mile when needed which is always appreciated.  Finally, it is positive to see Griffiths investing in quality new equipment, keeping up to date with testing technology and supporting their local community – I would not hesitate to recommend them.


"... always available to help solve investigation challenges."

I have known and worked with Griffiths Drilling for over 25 years, initially with Gordon Griffiths and then Melvyn Griffiths. It is great to see Mel progress from being a competent driller under his father’s tutelage, to build a successful company that has been recognised by the local community. He is always available to help solve investigation challenges. We are fortunate that Griffiths Drilling has been able to invest in some smart new equipment, which is helping them deliver our investigation projects to a higher quality, more quickly and more reliably. Mel understands the ground and the drilling conditions in Wellington well, and he has a can do attitude, which he has applied to getting projects done in the most trying conditions. I would like to congratulate Melvyn Griffiths on the induction of Griffiths Drilling to the Wellington Regional Business Hall of Fame. This is a this well-deserved recognition. This is no surprise given that Griffiths Drilling have been involved in investigating the ground for most major to small projects in the Wellington Region for over quarter of a century. Most importantly, this has helped us assure a solid foundation for our infrastructure and build environment.