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Z Bowater Motors - The Service Stations for the region that puts service first

Written by Media Manager.

Z Rutherford in central Nelson / Z Bowater Motors in High St Motueka.

Z Rutherford

The Bowater Motor Group have been in the business of fuel delivery for decades. We believe in being able to offer a comprehensive experience based on our company values to our customers in as many aspects of motoring that we can; that us why we have maintained an active involvement in Service Stations in the region.

We are proud to be working with Z Energy at both our Z Bowaters Motors High Street Service Station in Motueka as well as a Z Rutherford opposite McDonald's in central Nelson. 

Putting the old fashioned service back into service stations.

Matt Morris - Z Bowater MotorsThe top of the South is very much a community focused region. A place where locals feel strongly about their place and what goes on in it.

The Bowater Motor Group has proudly been a part region since 1945 when Raymond Bowaters first set up shop in Achilles Ave, central Nelson. We have been part of the local Motueka community since the mid 1960's when the group acquired the old mechanics workshop on the High Street site where Bowater Toyota and Z Bowaters Motors now proudly stand.

Community Spirit is a must have on our list of company goals, and the relationship with Z Energy is definitely centred around this important aspect as well  

Aside from the wonderful opportunity to donate $5000 to local community based organisations in two different locations with Z Good in the Hood, it has also meant a structured return to the old values of a friendly face at the pump helping you out and actually pumping the petrol for you! Matt Morris, the general manager of the Z Bowater Motor sites (pictured), is just one of those friendly local faces you will encounter on the forecourt.

Everyday from 10am until 5pm Z Bowater Motors & Z Rutherford offer a full forecourt concierge service - that means there will always be someone on hand to fill your tank, clean your windscreen, fill your oil or even give you directions!

Make use of your GoldCard and save big on fuel at Z Bowater Motors

There are certain privileges which come with age. Thankfully one of them is the government's Super Gold Card - a card that opens up a new world of discounted goods & services for those over 65.
We caught up with our very own "semi - retired" person, Lofty, and tried to find out what was the story.

Gold Card Holders take note. You get discounts at Z Rutherford and Z Bowater Motors in Motueka. Massive discounts. Tracey can't contain her excitement and has to leap in. Lucky Lofty is a good sort.

Posted by Bowater Motor Group on Tuesday, 28 February 2017


Being "Good in the Hood" is something we are very proud of!

Applications are now open for local charities to get their names in. It all happens online this year. Make sure you get behind this - we have a proud history of supporting these local groups through this amazing community initiative!

Applications for #GoodintheHood are open! Check out

Posted by Z Energy on Tuesday, 31 January 2017


To give you all a little bit of encouragement, here is a bit of a video from last year. 


Another chapter in this year's Z Energy Good in the Hood at Z Bowater Motors in Motueka as the charities were presented with their cheques. What a great moment to be a part of giving such wonderful charities money to go towards keeping them a part of our community.

Posted by Bowater Motor Group on Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The presenting of donations at the end of a month of working hard to create awareness that every vote counts is immensely satisfying, but more importantly the shining of a light on the great work that each and every one of these charities does is the real prize. Every time we are a part of Good in The Hood it is a reminder of all of the great work that the charities in our community are doing on our behalf.

Since 2012 Z Bowater Motors have been apart of the Z Energy initiative to give away packets of $5,000 per service station to community groups and charities. 2016 was no different, and having 2 Z sites means we get to give away twice as much! 

To learn more about the Good in the Hood Charity cruise on over to that section of the website by clicking here:


THE Z STORY and how it fits so well with BMG.

The month of March 2012 saw some exciting changes to the Bowater Motor Group's service station in High Street in Motueka. Since it's opening in the mid 1970's it has always been a Shell Station, but with the buy out and rebranding of Shell nationwide in 2011/2012, it became Z Bowater Motors, and one of the few Z Stations in the country that is independantly owned.

A few years on and the Bowaters Motor Group acquired Z Rutherford as well. This has given us the ability to provide fuel for our customers in both Nelson and Motueka.

Meet the Z Bowater Motors Team

Chris Bowater. Director BMG.

Chris is a 3rd generation Bowater family member taking care of the family business and has lived in Nelson most of his life.

His family comes first in his life, reflecting the Bowater philosophy of Family Values, and Value for Families. In his spare time he enjoys movies, the gym, golf and travel - and Chris also plays rugby in the President's grade for the Nelson Rugby Football Club and Golden Oldies for the Buccaneers Club.

Community focus is a large part of the Bowater Motor Group ethos, so Chris is very busy with roles on various community organisations. He is on the board of Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce and the Tasman Bays Heritage Trust, looking after the museums around the region; as well as being involved in many other community groups.

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