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    Toyota 86: Funs' Back!

    The all new Toyota 86 is a legend in the making. It is a return to the pure fun of driving. Rear wheel, front engined with a very low centre of gravity. It has been winning Car of the Year awards all over the world, including being named the Top Gear Car of 2012! Fun starts at just $42,286. Click here to learn more.
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    2012 Honda CR-V: SUV Perfection

    After all of the hype overseas it's finally arrived at Bowater Honda. This 4th generation of an already stunning car makes choosing your next SUV a whole lot easier. Designed to be both luxurious and practical this SUV is up for anything and has so many features you really need to see it for yourself. All of this from just $39,900. 

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    2013 Honda Jazz Hybrid

    It's arrived at Bowater Honda. The next big thing in hybrid technology, the all new Honda Jazz IMA Hybrid. A car that has a very clever system that uses both a petrol engine, and a fuel free electric engine to get you about. It uses about 30% less fuel than a normal Jazz, which is music to the ears of those that care about saving fuel!

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    The new Hyundai i40

    New Zealand roads come with more sudden hills, short straights, winding inclines, steep declines and changing surfaces than just about anywhere. So this is where the stunning Hyundai i40 Wagon is completely at home. The i40 Wagon continues the evolution of Hyundai's fluidic sculpture design language.

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    Lexus: the Pursuit of perfection is tangible.

    Lexus produces a highly crafted machine.
    It is the pinnacle of fine Japanese engineering, and a symbol of all that is wonderful in the world. Here at Bowater Toyota we take pride in the fact that on occasion we are able to offer used Lexus vehicles to our local customers. As you would expect these are well kept cars, in immaculate condition and a great opportunity for someone to get into one. Click here to find out how.

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    Bowaters gets behind Movember

    This year the team at Bowaters have decided to do Movember properly and have motivated close to a third of the staff to get involved and gro-a-mo for the month to help raise both funds and awareness for men's health. We have set up an official Movember webpage to take donations. Click here to learn more.
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    Drive your dream

    The Bowater Motor Group are ready to exceed your expectations, and make it possible to drive your dream today. The future of motoring has been a Nelson automotive institution since 1947 - selling what we feel is the best cars the world has to offer, and servicing all makes and models from onsite workshops we are very proud of. We have a range second to none, with new cars in the yards from Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Daihatsu, Isuzu & Geely. There is something for everyone at every stage.
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    Hyundai Santa FE. Our favourite diesel family wagon, redefined.

    How do you improve on New Zealand’s favourite diesel family wagon?
    The answer is in the detail. This stylish 7 seater SUV has been redefined for living life to the full. So load up the family, load up the toys and get ready to embrace the great NZ outdoors with the all new, redefined 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.


Welcome to our website

You can drive your dream,
and we can make it happen.

Our history is just the beginning!

Your car is probably your next biggest asset to your home, and you will spend a considerable amount of time in your car over your lifetime.
Life is too short to be worrying about your car. You need a car that suits your lifestyle. 
We have a comprehensive range of the world's best valued and most reliable cars ready for you to experience. You can drive your dream today. It is that easy.   

Since 1947, The Bowater Motor Group has been providing the Nelson region with quality vehicles and servicing that is second to none. Now, even more so than ever before, it is possible to drive your dream.
The future of car technology has arrived.
With our dealerships and customer centres spread all over the wider Nelson region we are confident that our long history in the area means that we not only know what works best around here, but what will work best for you.   

Think Bowaters and three things come to mind...
Quality, excellence and vehicles to suit a lifestyle.

Whether for urban, business or off-road, let Bowater's begin your journey.
If you're going somewhere - The Bowater Motor Group will take you there.


Share some of the BMG Story this weekend at the vintage car show

A photo from our archives from the 1960's when Bowaters were the agents for Triumph - this photo of the iconic Triumph Spitfire was taken at the Richmond A&P Show.

A company with such a long history as the Bowater Motor Group will always have a part to play in a vintage car show. Afterall some of the cars now classified as "vintage" we actually sold new!

This weekend the Nelson Vintage Car Club are holding their 50 year anniversary and celebrating with a Vintage Car Club Rally on Saturday for club members, and an "open to the public" show at the Richmond A & P Showgrounds, which will feature a large presence from the Bowater Motor Group.

The show will feature a wide range of vintage cars, and goes from 11am til 3pm. We will be there showcasing just how far the technology of motor vehicles has come in the last 100 years, with our brand new offerings of technological mastery from Toyota, Lexus, Honda and Hyundai, along with some of our knowledgable team to help explain the finer details.

There will be over 125 vintage cars and bikes on display, as well as food, music and entertainment on site. It will be a rain or shine event, so if the forecast doesn't improve come prepared with an umbrella!

It will be a great weekend activity and the chance to see some fine examples of motoring from yesteryear alongside what we offer today.

Entry to the show is gold coin donation, with kids under 12 free.
If you want to learn more about the Nelson Branch of the Vintage Car Club you can visit their website by clicking here.



The floor is polished, the cars are in, and Bowater Hyundai has a new showroom!

The 2014 Hyundai Veloster in "Stormtrooper White" looking stunning in our newly renovated Bowater Hyundai showroom.

This week the new Bowater Hyundai Showroom came together very quickly as the finishing touches are all put in place - the shiny new tiled floors got a polish and the brand new range of Hyundai's have been put into pride of place.

The new showroom is located on the corner of Rutherford and Hardy street's with ample parking for customers in Kerr Street behind the dealership. It is quite a bit larger than the previous showroom across the road, and allows us to enable a better customer experience.

Not only has the showroom had an injection of space and shininess, but the Bowater Hyundai Parts and Service reception is also enjoying a brand new customer lounge and waiting area - much to the delight of Peter and Lana!


The service bay has also moved across and is also a much larger facility - perfect for keeping your Hyundai in tip top condition!


Nathan Fa'avae and Godzone. An adventurer's race.

Nathan Fa'avae, Team Captain for Team Seagate (and kiwi legend), reports on the latest Adventure Race.

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The Team Seagate members emerging from the surf in this years 3rd Godzone Adventure Race.

I’d sum up the 3rd Godzone race as “A classic Kiwi Adventure Race, roast lamb and spuds, no artificial ingredients” A big mountain, big landscape and a big river, very few checkpoints, go for your life. Every stage was unique and the variety of terrain the course covered was about as diverse as one could expect in a race.

After a few disappointing performances in 2013 our team was eager to start the year with a solid performance and welcome Stu Lynch into the team in a positive way.
For me personally, the Godzone crept up quickly and I had some concerns going into the race regarding my fitness. I had a kite boarding accident over Christmas which knocked out nearly all of January nursing an injury. By February I needed to train promptly and decided the Kiwi Brevet bike endurance ride would be a good launch pad to Godzone.


Bowater Honda makes networking your business easier, and you can even get a car out of it!

Martin Carrington from Waimea Estates serves Peter Millward (CEO Nelson Provincial Museum) at our recent Opening Function last month. 

Next Tuesday evening, the 25th March, Bowater Honda are hosting the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce BNZ Partners After 5 meeting. If you are a business owner in the region this is the kind of networking you need to be involved in. A quiet yet professional forum where you can get to know other business owners in a relaxed atmosphere whilst enjoying some of our hospitality and the ambience of our new showroom in Achilles Ave.

You will be treated to some great opportunites to meet other business people that you might not ordinarily encounter on your daily activites, and be treated to some thought provoking short speeches that will hopefully enlighten and inspire.

Part of the evening will be based around a conversation regarding the exciting developments at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, one of the many fantastic local community projects that the Bowater Motor Group lends a helping hand too.

But what is this about a car?

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Honda Jazz Hybrid