water bores Washingtons
We provide expert drilling solutions locally and internationally About Us International
water bores Water OUR SERVICES More info We can provide horizontal drainage, water bores, soak pits and other solutions for your needs Geotech & Environmental OUR SERVICES More info Washingtons offer a range of geotech services including air core, reverse circulation, sonic and diamond core drilling Piling OUR SERVICES More info Driven piles, Franki or cast in-situ, we can help with your construction needs Hire and Sales We have specialised equipment including high pressure air compressors and boosters available for hire See range
Shane Dale, Manager
0800 160 100
Head Office
148 Hilton Highway, Washdyke Timaru 7941 New Zealand


In 2019 Washingtons took over McNeill Drilling in Southland, a well-known and trusted brand that had been in business servicing the district for over 100 years. Washingtons have retained the same knowledgeable and friendly staff and equipment locally. This has now expanded our equipment base from South Canterbury down to Invercargill.
Experts in the Drilling Field

Our Services

Water bore drilling


In today’s environment water is a valuable resource with our turn key options accessing this precious resource needn’t be difficult. From domestic to irrigation we…

Geotech drilling

Geotech and Environmental

We have modern equipment for every drilling request, using methods including reverse circulation, air core, sonic and diamond coring, capable of reaching depths over 1,000m.



Washingtons are capable of undertaking a wide range of piling applications including but not limited to Franki Piles, Cast in-situ piles upto 2m in diameter,…

Gold and coal drilling


Our Exploration division has drilled all over New Zealand targeting gold, coal and gas for the last 20 years. We have been the first to…

About Us

Quality through Experience

Washingtons has been operating since 1962 drilling in New Zealand, Australia, Antarctica and Papua New Guinea.

We have developed a vast client base throughout the South Pacific and offer a transparent working relationship with the client from start to finish. Our focus is on safety and providing practical competitive solutions with our range of modern equipment and qualified staff.

Our extensive range of drilling services include Reverse Circulation, Sonic Drilling, Diamond Coring, Air Core Drilling, Water Bores,Test Pumping, Soak Pits, Offal Holes, Horizontal Drainage, Geothermal, Driven Piles, Large Diameter Cased Piles and Pre-Collars.

We are based in South Canterbury and have branches in central Otago and Invercargill to Southland and work across all of New Zealand. Our offices in Australia and Papua New Guinea allow us to provide services internationally to a range of other clients.

Whether it’s coalbed methane production, RC gold and coal sampling or horizontal/incline drainage, hiring of our high pressure air compressors and boosters, we want to hear about your project.


World class services available

Head office

148 Hilton Highway, 7910
Washdyke, Timaru

Southland office

20 Wallacetown-Lorneville Hwy,
Lorneville in Invercargill

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Our team is hardworking and prides itself in providing results using modern drilling equipment and adhering to up-to-date safety standards.

Contact our head office in Timaru or Southland to discuss your next project.

Hamish Blakemore
Superintendent of Exploration,
OceanaGold Macraes Operation, 2020.

What Our Clients Say!

Washingtons Drilling is the preferred reverse circulation drilling contractor to OceanaGold’s Macraes Operation. They are reliable, well organised and accommodating with a willingness to go the extra-mile. They have maintained a high level of safety and productivity, whilst keeping costs down. I would not hesitate in recommending Washingtons Drilling to potential clients.