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Future Proofed

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Book a service

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Need Finance?

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Drive your dream with Bowater Honda

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Over the years we have come to realise there is more to the motor industry than just selling cars. The foundations of Bowater Honda were established in Nelson in 1972, since then a lot has changed within the motoring industry, and with vehicles in general, but we have consistently remained true to our core principles, and the principles that all Honda's are built on. Reliability. Safety. Care for the environment. We also care about our name and that's why we do it better. Like Honda we care about the future, but we are fixed firmly in the present.

Our new normal, COVID-19 and making sure that you are safe.

These are strange times and it can feel anything but normal but the team here at Bowater Honda are committed to making sure it all feels business as usual when it comes to taking care of your motoring needs. 

The COVID-19 situation has certainly thrown us all a curve ball and created the now all too familiar NEW NORMAL. We are committed to a high level of vigilance around hygiene and making sure every interaction we have is not adding to anyone’s risk, either yours or ours.

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We are ready to help with all of your vehicle requirements, our service department is fully open and can help with WOF’s, rego’s and making sure your vehicle is in tip top shape for winter. With no overseas travel on the horizon it maybe the perfect time to upgrade and treat yourself to something a little special that you will appreciate each and every day. Come and see us and discover the power of dreams.


Beginning of a new era as Honda NZ will soon take the wheel in Nelson.

It’s fair to say COVID-19 has been the catalyst that has caused us to review all our operations. Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures.

Here is an announcement from Bowater Honda CEO & BMG Director Chris Bowater.

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"Regretfully, after 47 years our partnership with Honda NZ will come to an amicable and mutually agreed, end. We will be a leaner organisation going forward but we will actually come through these changes in good shape, more focused and determined than ever to continue to successfully serve the Nelson / Tasman communities for many more years to come.

With such an extensive history with Honda NZ, I have been privileged to work closely with their senior exec team for many years now but more particularly over the last few months as we’ve collectively explored a number of scenarios for Honda operations in Nelson. Collectively we have managed to achieve what we believe will be a good solution for all involved. A solution that focuses on our customers whilst also taking care of all our very good, Award Winning, Bowater Honda team. We’ve achieved an outcome that will see Bowater Honda staff having either ongoing employment opportunity directly with Honda NZ based in their new purpose built premises in Stoke or opportunities elsewhere within the Bowater Motor Group, with all able to remain employed in Nelson / Tasman.

I want to acknowledge and personally thank Honda NZ for their kind words and for their support as we work together through these changing times."

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Honda New Zealand’s Managing Director, Nobuya Sonoda says: “Honda New Zealand has a long and proud history with the Nelson community. We started out with our manufacturing facility here in 1980, initially for our Honda Civic model, and eventually transitioned into our current national distribution and fit out centre on Elm Street.

“Over the past 40 years our relationship with our customers has been incredibly well supported through a trusted partnership with the Bowater family. Today, we’re announcing that this partnership is coming to an amicable end, where Honda New Zealand will be “jumping into the drivers’ seat and taking the wheel” here in Nelson.

Bowater Honda with more carparking & easy central location!

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82 Achilles Ave, Nelson
Phone: 03 548 7179
Opening hours:
Mon - Fri 8am - 5.30pm,
Sat 9am - 4pm

Bowater Honda has settled into a large, modern space in the Wakatu Carpark - close to the western entrance off Rutherford Street.

The showroom has been built to best showcase the exciting range that Honda offers, and also to provide our customers with easier parking and convenience as the showroom is centrally located and close to popular services such as the Nelson City Council building, the Public Library and upper Trafalgar Street. Being located in a carpark means that there is a whole carpark's worth of parking, as well as several client carparks right outside.

We are looking forward to seeing you, come and enjoy a coffee and cake with us.