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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 1945, 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 stores, showrooms 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.

A better tomorrow starts today. Bowater Toyota walks the talk.

Rodney BowaterRodney Bowater, chairman of the Bowater Motor Group, watering in the tree commemorating our relationship with the Brook Sanctuary. Click to enlarge.

Bowater Toyota, and the wider Bowater Motor Group, are very excited that the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary's "Get Behind the Fence" campaign is coming to fruition with the 14 kilometre fence almost completed. We have been keen supporters of the whole project for many years, and are always keen to get involved where ever and when ever we can.

In the last month Toyota New Zealand began a conversation about the importance of connecting with nature, and entered into a relationship with DoC (the Department of Conservation). Click here to read about the celebration that Toyota NZ held to celebrate it's 50 years in New Zealand. Part of that celebration was the sending of a small Rimu seedling to every dealership in the country, for us to plant somewhere significant.

We instantly thought of the Brook Sanctuary, and the opportunity to gift this seedling to the sanctuary. A conversation ensued and we sat down with Sanctuary Manager Hudson Dodd to discuss the opportunity to start something significant. As it transpired we couldn't gift the Rimu seedling to the Sanctuary as they have a strict bio-security blanket in place where only trees "born" in the sanctuary valley are able to go back into the valley. They have a very comprehensive seed raising operation in place, taking seeds from the trees in the sanctuary, raising them at the Sanctuary base by the dam, and replanting them as and where they need them.

Instead we discussed their future plans for the area, how they envisaged the community engagement to be generated, and their collective wishes as to beginning places of commemoration within or just outside on the Sanctuary grounds.

We saw the entire exercise as an opportunity to celebrate Toyota New Zealand's Believe Statements, which have become competely integrated into the Bowater Toyota "way". One of those statements is that by working together we can make a difference. So we listened. In the end we came up with a great plan that involved finding a perfect rock to inscribe a small part of our story in a way that would truly "stand the test of time".

This video is long (14 minutes) but it celebrates our journey on Saturday 30th April when some of the Bowater Toyota team, and 3 generations of the Bowater family, came together and started something special. A tree was placed in the ground that will outlast us all, and will be a significant food source for birds long into the future as they repopulate the Brook Valley. It is awesome!  

Today was extra special for the team of Bowater Toyota at The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust as a bunch got together with their kids and planted a tree to commemorate the long standing relationship between Bowaters and the Sanctuary. This tree will stand the test of time and be there to visit for generations to come, as well as provide nourishment for the birds as they repopulate the area. It's a long video but worth every second. Thank you everyone. It was a very special moment.

Posted by Bowater Motor Group on Saturday, 30 April 2016

There is of course so much more to the story.

Bowater Hyundai head onto the sparkling seas of Tasman Bay to gain an experience of what changes lives.

 sailing with bowater hyundaiReturning past Haulashore Island after an amazing morning sailing on Tasman Bay with The Spirit Of New Zealand courtesy of Bowater Hyundai. Click to enlarge. 

The team from Bowater Hyundai had the special opportunity of being able to invite 85 customers onboard the training ship the Spirit of New Zealand for a morning's cruise around Tasman Bay. The wind kicked up and the sails all came out for a blast of pure ‪tall ship‬ adventure.

What a day - the chance to get a taste of what this amazing charity offers the youth of our fine country is something not very many people get as adults, so we were certainly fortunate to be able to share the experience!

The group met on the main dock alongside the Guyton's Wharf ready for an adventure on what was shaping up to be a sparkling sunny Nelson summer's day. 

Corrie ChambersCorrie Chambers from the Bowater Hyundai sales team wharfside & about to embark on a memoriable sailing. Click to enlarge.

Thanks to a whole lot of various Nelson businesses we had all we needed for a great morning out on the bay: sunscreen courtesy of Unichem Pharmacy, bottles of pure local E'stel Water, delicious bags of Proper Crisps and a whole bunch of fresh fruit from Nelson New World. Good to go! All we needed was for the wind to cooperate and we we would have a great sail. Guess what. It did!

The sadness felt by us all at the passing of BMG director Derrol Bowater

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It is with deepest sorrow we fly the flag at half mast this week at Bowater Toyota and say goodbye to one of our directors, Derrol Bowater, who passed away peacefully on Sunday with his family by his side.

Derrol, son of BMG Founder Raymond Bowater, was the Dealer Principal and CEO at Bowater Toyota for many years. He took on the task when Bowaters acquired the Toyota franchise back in 1990, and steered the business through until the late 1990's. During this time Bowater Toyota flourished, won many awards, and grew to hold the number 1 spot in total new vehicle sales in the region. He was fondly remembered by many of the current Bowater Toyota team who worked alongside him during that time.

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Derrol remained an active director of the Bowater Motor Group. As one of his old customers and friends said in the showroom when paying their respects, "Derrol was a good bloke. You know, a real good bloke"

Derrol Bowater

Our thoughts are with his immediate family at this time of sorrow. Two of his grandsons, Toby and Mason Bowden, are apart of the team at Bowater Toyota and are continuing his legacy within the family business.  

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