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Welcome to the future.
We have created this great new feature to enable you to take a good look around our central Nelson showroom, Parts & Service Departments and even peak behind the curtain at the workshop - all from the comfort of your digital device, where ever you may be.

Simply click on the image above to get started. The 360 degree Virtual Tour will begin in a new window. Once it begins and loads the introduction you are away. It is easiest to use the arrow keys to navigate if you have a keyboard. Be sure to click on the icons as they contain special video, photo albums and more. Enjoy!

Add colour and excitement to your life. Accessorise, customise and make your car your own.

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The new 2015 Toyota Yaris - a perfectly fun way to navigate a busy life!


Have our lives have got way, way busier lately, or this just a figment of imagination bought about by having so many more opportunities to just do more things?

An eternal question presented to us all collectively as we "grow up' and fill our lives with layers upon layers of daily activites, fun and excitement.

What hasn't changed is the opportunity for fun, and to not take life a little too seriously. Infact, we have greater chances to have fun expressing our individuality than ever before. Technology has brought about abilities that just did not exist a few years ago. Why own and drive a normal, "boring car" when you can customise it into something completely unique and completely exciting! Something that expresses your personality. Something not to be missed!

If you have been out and about in Nelson lately you are sure to be spotted Bowater Toyota's latest demonstrator, a new 2015 Toyota Yaris that started life with the base colour of COOL SODA.

Seizing the moment, the team at Bowater Toyota decided to add in some funky flavour to this great little car, giving everyone that sees it the chance to have a quiet little think about how they can personalise their current or next vehicle. A little moment of inspiration perhaps.
It is certainly hard to miss and has since become affectionately known as the HOT SODA Yaris - hence the photo outside the local Hot Yoga Studio - nice little tie in there isn't it, and the perfect around town vehicle for a bunch of Hot Yogarites......

The Toyota Hilux is king of the mountain again

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Jo Rainey (Rainbow Committee), Jono Hay (Rainbow Ski Area Mountain Manager) & Tony Bowater (Bowater Toyota) with their Rainbow Prado and sponsored 2014 Toyota Hilux.


The 2014 season of snow up at Rainbow Ski Area has been one of the best yet.
Great late snow, and heaps of people using the ski field all season long, and having a great time of it. The snow came and went and came back again, and the field had some fantastic snow making conditions early on in the piece so got the snow guns blazing, giving Rainbow a great snow base to begin with.

The Bowater Toyota Slush Cup this season was epic, and held on the final, closing weekend. A weekend that had some pundits claiming that the powder up on the mountain made for the best snow day they had ever had on a New Zealand field, EVER!

The Bowater Motor Group, and more recently Bowater Toyota, have had a long affiliation with the ski field, and the various clubs that have been associated with the area over the decades. A strong relationship has been cultivated over this time, reinforced over the last couple of seasons with a rekindled sponsorship with Bowater Toyota helping them out with vehicles.

This past season they had the use of a customised 2014 Toyota Hilux double cab 4X4, a tough as nails work horse that had some reasonably high expectations placed upon it going into the job.

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Rainbow Ski Area Mountain Manager was so impressed with the 2014 Toyota Hilux that he wrote us an email that we would love to share. An impartial (well slightly partial) testimony into living with a Hilux in the real world, with real working conditions. After all life in the mountains can be quite brutal. 

Take a very normal car, but dont getted boxed in when it comes to promoting your business

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A very sedate looking Toyota Sienta - lets see what some thoughtful customisation can do for the look of this plain jane!


Thinking outside the box often results in some quite unexpected, and stunning results.

When you are on the hunt for a vehicle for your business to use as both a utilitarian tool and a mobile advertising platform, often different is better, as it is more memorable. What can be more eye catching, and motivating, than a heavily customised "normal" vehicle for a business all about enhancing your ride.

Mag and Turbo Nelson have quite a knack for having the ability, and options in their showroom, to take the ordinary and make it spectacular. Whether you are rolling with a much admired "vintage" Toyota Supra, or this quite innocuous Toyota Sienta, the impact is only limited by your imagination, and the ingredients you bring to the table.

Mix in a healthy portion of a well made and super reliable vehicle, some clever graphics from consummate professionals Mark and the team at The Signman, and some show stopping wheels and dramatic lowering from Mag & Turbo Nelson.

Everyone was a winner at the Parent and Child Expo, especially this family.

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David & Aaron from Bowater Toyota along with 6 year old Sophia Eagle who took quite a liking to the brightly coloured 2014 Toyota Yaris.


Saturday the 11th of October was a busy day in Nelson. There was a lot on and the sun was burning brightly, luring the locals outside and to the beaches with the first tastes of summer.

That did not stop the hundreds of expectant and current parents from coming along to the Annesbrook Community Centre to enjoy the 2nd Annual Nelson Parent and Child Expo.

The team from Bowater Toyota turned up bright and early, some with their own children in tow, ready to answer all sorts of curly questions about vehicle safety, car seat attachments and whether or not the boot space would be enough to swallow a stroller, temporary cradle for the event of unplanned naps, 3 complete changes of outfits, various feeding tools, a play mat and assorted favourite toys, change mat and an enormous nappy bag for spontaneous trips to the park. Stuff that all new parents fret about.

We also contributed to the awesomeness of the event by putting up a great prize, a free weekend's use of one of our brand new 2014 demonstrator vehicles, to be won by one lucky attendee - and the winner is.......

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