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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. A local, family owned company, we have been supporting the community since 1945 - and selling what we feel are 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 showrooms from Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, & Isuzu. There is something for everyone, at every stage, new or used.
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    Toyota 86: On the Right Track!

    The 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 when it was first released! Fun starts when you press the button. Click here to learn more. New or used, Bowater Toyota can put you on the right track!
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    Need a a new Accent? See our Used Selection

    If you drive a small car, or are thinking about downsizing to a lower fuel use, more efficient smaller car for around town use, then you need to see the Hyundai Accent. This zippy little hot hatch has it all! Small on size but massive on features across the model range. We have a wide range of quality used vehicles like this one in our central Nelson Yard. Click here to find out more.

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hilux forestry

The locals love the Toyota Hilux. It has been the regions top selling new vehicle for a very long time. There is a reason for that. We live in a demanding area, and the vehicles we need to use on the land need to be tough enough to cope. The Toyota Hilux has proved time and time again that it is, that is why the companies that rely on it keep coming back. Click here to learn more about the all new 2016 Toyota Hilux. 

Ever since our humble beginnings in downtown Nelson in 1945 the Bowater Motor Group has been very focused on community involvement. We believe that you are only ever as successful as the support that you can give back. It is with this philosophy that we continue to be as involved as we can be in the wider Nelson / Tasman community.
This section of the website houses stories, links and content from a collective of organisations and events that we are involved with or support through sponsorship or partnerships.

The menu to the right has got comprehensive articles from those events, organisations and charities that we regularly involved with, click on the menu items to read more, or scroll down this page to keep up with events as they unfold.

If you think you have an event, organisation or group that would benefit from our community interest feel free to contact us.

The origins of a special charity project - why rebuild a mini?

Local retired auto mechanic Bob Croy and his team have a grand vision - to rebuild an old mini and auction it off for charity, with all proceeds going to the local Cancer Society. The project started as all great projects do, out of a competitive spirit to do more.
Bob got a couple of mates together and came up with a plan, to find a couple of old minis, strip them back and use them to rebuild a new one. This would then be auctioned off for the Cancer Society. Sounds like a great plan.
The start was always going to be hard, finding old minis is increasingly difficult, but they got there in the end.

 The first mini is found

The first mini was found and kindly sold to the project by Mrs Christine Johansson.

Bowater Motor Group  have since come on board, with Bowater Toyota sourcing and supplying all of the parts needed to complete this admirable feat. We talk to Bob Croy and get the inside story, as well as the first set of pictures as the car is found and the dismantling begins.

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Support in the Community

  • Hyundai Winner
  • Good In the Hood
  • Arts Festival
  • Bowater Toyota Cancer Society
  • Brook Sanctuary
  • 1502-bottom-btoy-com ariana
  • Daffadil Day
  • Nelson Giants
  • Cricket World Cup
  • Rainbow
  • Natureland
  • Gigatown
  • Nelson Bays Football