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Pacific Hovercraft New Zealand Limited - Corporate Profile

Pacific Hovercraft NZ Ltd is a hovercraft design and manufacturing company that was formed in July 1997 by Nigel Golding and Stephen Preest. It was created to develop and capitalise on the great potential we saw for a modern, reliable, quiet and controllable performance hovercraft for the world market. With distributors in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Korea and Canada, Pacific Hovercraft NZ Ltd is a rapidly growing force worldwide. Our success and growth from modest beginnings is due to the fact that we are passionate about hovercraft, that we care about our customers and that we provide quality, reliable products. Pacific Hovercraft is wholly NZ owned and has two directors and four shareholders. Prior to setting up the company, both Nigel and Steve had successful functioning businesses and many years of working with hovercraft. Their joint experience and reputation of providing solutions for problems by means of hovercraft systems extends internationally.

Stephen J. Preest

Stephen Preest, Director, brings 12 years’ experience as an Aircraft Engineer and is holder of NZCE Aeronautical. In 1995 he formed Air Tech Industries Ltd to manufacture hovercraft composite parts and flexible skirt systems. Also an active hovercraft club member he achieved the first ever crossing and double crossing of the Cook Strait in New Zealand in 1990. He has participated in the United Kingdom and United States world hovercraft champs, and visited various large hovercraft installations around the world.



Design and Build

Our in-house design and manufacturing service utilizes the latest in dynamic calculation and aesthetic trends. Computer stress analysis of our products ensures efficient design - craft that are lightweight, strong, safe and propellers and lift fans that will withstand the rigors of daily use.


The highest standards are applied to our hovercraft design, materials and manufacture. Such standards include ISO, American SAE and NZ MSA. The standards apply to detailed design of the craft itself, such as fuel systems, transmission, buoyancy, noise emission levels, performance and the like.

Quality Service

All our personnel are highly trained professionals who take pride in their work. Pacific Hovercraft recognises the importance of training staff to deal with a customer’s problems correctly. Whatever service you require you can be assured that the importance of your needs is paramount.


Our craft are built to the highest standard and we stand behind the design, manufacture and performance of our products. The products we manufacture have been thoroughly tested, and for this reason we can provide you with meaningful long-term guarantees that we know our representatives and distributors will support.




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