Sonic Drilling Services

The newly arrived XL CRS-F Duo sonic rig is the only dual head sonic drilling rig in the entire country. It was purchased after extensive worldwide research into the most efficient and suitable rig for New Zealand conditions. Part of this process also included direct and intensive consultations with existing clients and their demands.

We believe the XL CRS-F Duo Sonic drill is the most flexible, versatile, efficient and effective drilling rig available in New Zealand today. Do not hesitate to contact Griffiths Drilling if you have any questions or require more information about our new sonic rig.

Advantages of Griffiths Drilling new Sonic Drilling rig include:
Faster Delivery

  • Sonic drilling is 4 times faster than any of the traditional methods available today
  • Unparalleled core retrieval rates of consistent quality and above 'industry standard' length
  • In variable drilling conditions the dual head allows switching from sonic to wire line coring in under a minute
  • Head unit has full tilt option for drilling flexibility
  • Rubber tracks, smaller size and lower weight allow access to previously inaccessible drilling sites
  • Transportation is easy and quick as entire rig fits within a single HQ container

Safer Operation

  • Full operational remote control removes personnel and drillers assistant from any potentially dangerous areas
  • All loud machinery is enveloped in sound-silencing hull to restrict noise pollution
  • Minimal smearing and no mixing assure quality samples even on contaminated sites
  • Full colour PLC display of all operational hydraulic and engine functions


  • Top of the line 150 Hertz Sonic Head is more effective and efficient than other lower frequency rigs
  • 4 speed rotation wire line head
  • Bean mud pump 160 litre @ 35 bar
  • CE approval and full European Union drill rig certification


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Griffiths Drilling offers a comprehensive range of drilling services. Each service is backed-up with our considerable drilling capability, technical expertise and vast practical experience that comes from operating for over 44 years within the New Zealand drilling industry.

Geotechnical Services

Our services include rotary core drilling, rotary mud, concentrix casing systems, standard penetration tests, CPT testing, sampling, hollow steam auger, auger, down hole hammer, air coring, test pits, labour, bore logging and piezometer and inclinometer installations.

Cone Penetration Test (CPT) Services

Our Cone Penetration Test (CPT) service uses our 2 dedicated CPT rigs. These specialist drilling rigs have been designed and customised specifically to meet the needs and demands of our clients and New Zealand drilling conditions.

Technical Consultancy Services

Our technical consultancy services include dedicated Project Managers, technical support and instrumentation monitoring. We also offer geological and geotechnical services and have access to over 45 years of drilling records and geological information that has proven valuable to our clients.

Other Drilling Services

Our other drilling services include construction and foundation drilling (includes ground anchors and soil nails), water bore and water well drilling, environmental drilling and monitoring and seismic drilling for exploration.

Water Bore Services

We have 50 years experience in drilling water bores. Our water bore drilling and development services are both comprehensive and complete. They include water infrastructure asset management, water bore construction and water bore integrity.