About Us

Alton Drilling Ltd., established in 1983, is one of New Zealand’s most respected drilling contractors.

Our History

A privately owned company, Alton Drilling provides quality professional service with a friendly business approach.
Alton’s main drilling focus is exploration, including diamond coring, open hole, percussion drilling, coal & mineral exploration, reverse circulation (RC) and aircore drilling. The company also has worked on various seismic, geotechnical and instrumental jobs, drilling all types of ground conditions in all types of locations.

Using the latest drilling equipment and technology combined with a wide range of experience spanning many years, Alton Drilling is able to lend specialist expertise to projects around the country. Continual research into new drilling rigs and equipment keeps Alton Drilling at the forefront of drilling in New Zealand.

Alton Drilling is also very involved in the manufacturing and design of exploration drilling rigs.  The ADL Series rigs are working all around the world including Australasia, Asia and Europe.

The rigs can be mounted on rubber or steel tracks, or for drill sites in remote or steep locations, the rigs can be built to be heli-portable and can be broken down into flyable components.

Alton Drilling also offers a design service and is able to build ‘one-off’ machines, purpose-built for the client’s requirements.

Specialisation, experience and innovation have combined to make Alton Drilling Ltd your Guaranteed Complete Drilling Service Provider.

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What we do
Our Team
Cory Ibbotson

Cory has been Managing Director of Alton Drilling since 2006.
He oversees all aspects of the business, and is our key contact for Rig Sales and Drilling enquiries.

Alistair Muir
Maintenance Engineer

Alistair is our roaming Maintenance Engineer and can be found on any one of our sites servicing our equipment or helping solve challenges for our customers.

Emma Speight
Administration Manager

Emma is our administrative support person who keeps the operation running smoothly.
Talk to Emma for Admin and Accounts enquiries.