Lifting your game.
Since 1975.

Our promise

From the moment you buy your machine, a long and positive partnership begins.


The Hydralada marque is your guarantee of satisfaction, reliability and quality – backed with unsurpassed service and support. We will ensure you thoroughly understand your new equipment to guarantee you always leave the ground running. Our systems are thoroughly researched, tested and proven for safety, reliability, affordability and performance.


Supporting solutions for stronger communities.

At Hydralada we strive to make the world around us better through our dedication to sustainable impact and initiatives to help service and support local communities.


Andy Smith

Managing Director

Hydralada Company was established in 1975 by Andy Smith.  Andy is the Managing Director and continues to have a lot of input into the Company, both with day-to-day operations and design ideas for new machines.  Andy keeps a close watch on all aspects of the business to ensure its continued success.

Matthew Smith

General Manager

Matthew joined the family business in 1995 in the Service & Spares Department, moving to New Machine Production and then to Sales.  He gained invaluable knowledge of businesses processes and understanding of mechanical and engineering principles for what is required in manufacturing a world class market leading product along with the importance of customer service and the skill of uncovering and understanding customer’s needs to provide a solution for their requirements.

Most of his time in Sales is bringing our market leading and innovative equipment solutions to NZ vineyards & winery estates. He is also involved in setting up and managing a sales and service branch in Marlborough from March 2010.

While his current role with the company is General Manager and a Director, he likes to see himself as one of the team where together everyone achieves more.


Dan Smith

Company Director

Dan plays a major role in scheduling the production of all new Hydralada Elevating Work Platforms and collaborates the manufacturing at the factory.  He is a Company Shareholder and Dan has a lot to do with the everyday operations as well as caring for HR responsibilities.

Grant Smith

Company Director

Grant’s main focus is on sales and he looks after some of the Company’s key dealers in both Australia and the USA.  As a Director and Shareholder, Grant is very much involved in the overall management of the Company and his responsibilities include many aspects of everyday administration.

Jason Smith

Sales Director

Jason has been working at Hydralada Company since 1987  accumulating 33 years of experience in many different areas of the business.  Today his involvement is predominately in sales and marketing.  Jason works closely with the management team to ensure the Company continues to grow.


Brendon Van der Gulik

Sales Consultant

Brendon has recently joined the Marlborough sales team and is keen to provide support to the NZ wine industry. Brendon’s previous job with O-I (Owens-Illinois) marketing for the worlds largest glass bottle manufacturer means he already has a lot of contacts in this field. His main emphasis will be on the Pellenc Pera winery equipment for which he has a real passion. Brendon also specialises in the full range of vineyard equipment, including Pellenc Harvesters, ID David weeders, Tow & Blow Frost Fans and Hydralada Trimmers. Call Brendon now to discuss your requirements.

Joshua Smith

Sales & Production

Josh has been involved with Hydralada new machine production and continues to help in this department.  His background in the manufacturing of new machines means he has an excellent understanding of the technical side.  Josh’s  passion is Tow and Blow frost machines, but he is available to help with all sales inquires including Hydralada and Pellenc Vineyard machinery.

Bradley Smith

Marketing & Design

Brad works in sales marketing and design.   He enjoys meeting with customers and uses his video editing skills to get out and about filming Hydralada machinery in the field.  He enjoys filming real life customer testimonials which give a personal touch to the Hydralada story.  Brad’s experience with website development and design, as well as social media blogs, media advertising, and marketing ideas ensure Hydralada can continue its tradition of quality.

Ian Wilson

Sales Consultant

Ian Wilson is based in our Marlborough branch and is responsible for Pellenc machinery sales. With a background in viticulture and many hours of experience operating grape harvesters in his own contracting business, Ian has an excellent understanding of the Pellenc range of machines. He is committed to giving his customers great after-sales support and is there to help with all equipment enquiries.

Duncan Smith

Sales Consultant

Duncan has been with Hydralada Company for many years and is keen to help with all sales enquiries, whether its Hydralada platforms, Pellenc vineyard machinery,  Bandit wood chippers, or Tow and Blow frost machines. Duncan will give you well-informed advice on the machine best suited to your particular job.

Customer Service

Richard Thomson

Marlborough Branch Coordinator

Richard has been with the company for 12  years and oversees  the Marlborough Branch.  He is well known in the grape industry and his mechanical background and understanding is invaluable to our customer base.  He works hard to ensure all our Pellenc machinery customers have the expected aftersales backup and support.  More recently Richard has been involved with technical support for Hydralada in Australia.


Stephen Heap

Workshop Manager

Stephen Heap is our Hastings workshop manager.  Stephen’s background is in aircraft maintenance and logistics with 16 years of experience in the RNZAF.  He takes care of all technical inquiries and product support for Hydralada MEWP’s, Pellenc Vineyard Equipment, and Bandit Chippers.  You will find him friendly and approachable.

Spare Parts

Wayne Shields

Spare Parts - Hastings

Wayne’s job is to make sure you are looked after with the right spare part. Whether it is a Hydralada Platform, Grape Harvester or teeth for your Bandit Chipper, Wayne is sure to be able to help.


Join Hydralada


A challenging role has become available at our Hastings and Blenheim Branch for a qualified diesel technician with excellent skill levels in mechanical problem solving, hydraulic and electrical diagnosis. A high level of skill in mechanical and computerised diagnostics are essential to this role.

This is a busy role encompassing unsupervised field service work so previous experience would be an advantage. Great customer relations skills are essential. Our Pellenc product range of vineyard equipment, Bandit chippers and Hydralada fruit picking equipment is varied and seasonal providing variety to your workday.

A Top Rate of Pay will be available to a candidate who has the right skill set and can offer some flexibility around our busy harvest period.

Hydralada Company is a growing organisation who can offer career stability with some roles including benefits such as mobile phone, work vehicle, etc. Full initial product training will be provided followed by ongoing professional product training to expand your knowledge of the market-leading equipment that Hydralada Company support.

Once trained to the required level, there can be the opportunity to participate in short term international work exchanges.

With over 40 years of trading, Hydralada Company is well established and committed to selling and servicing the market-leading Pellenc brand in Marlborough. Customer satisfaction is very important to Hydralada Company and the technicians have an important role to play in this.

If you are ready to take that next step up but don’t currently have the experience we would also be keen to hear from you.

We have a number of other opportunities available including a diesel apprenticeship so please contact us and we will be pleased to discuss these alternative options.

Phone Dan Smith now on 0064 6 873 0000 or email [email protected]

Give us a call on 0800 888 887 or send us a message

Final Assembly Technician

A challenging role has become available for an assembly technician with experience in mechanical problem solving, hydraulic and electrical diagnosis. A methodical approach and a high level of skill in mechanical systems are essential to this role.

Hydralada is a growing organisation that can offer career stability. Full initial product training will be provided followed by ongoing professional product training to expand your knowledge of the market-leading equipment that Hydralada manufacture for the global market.

If you are ready to take that next step up but don’t currently have the experience we would also be keen to hear from you.

Phone Dan Smith now on +64 6 873 0000 or email [email protected]

Give us a call on 0800 888 887 or send us a message