bowater isuzu - nelson isuzu utes & Suvs

The Bowater Motor Group was formed in the late 1940's as a mechanical and auto electrical service when local man Raymond Bowater returned home to Nelson after serving in the Second World War. The site was in central Nelson at the back of the building that is now the Suburban Bus depot.

Fast forward 70 years and Bowater Motor Group are your authorised Isuzu Utes Sales and Service Dealers.

Address: 106 Rutherford Street, Nelson, 7010

Phone: 03 548 4906

Opening Hours: 
Monday - Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday - 9am to 4pm
Sunday - Closed

Meet the Bowater Isuzu Team

Chris Bowater - Bowater Isuzu CEO


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

Family comes first in his life, reflecting the Bowater philosophy of Family Values, and Value for Families. Chris is married to Yvonne and has two children, Laura and Jacob.

In his spare time he enjoys movies, the gym, golf and travel. Chris also plays rugby in the President's grade for the Nelson Rugby Football Club and Golden Oldies for the Buccaneers Club.

James Duncan - Sales Manager


James has a youthful exuberance on his side, and a real love of cars, having come through the industry since his first job as a vehicle groomer back in 2002.

Born and bred in Nelson, James grew up in Wakefield and attended Waimea College. He has kept true to his country roots, having competitively ridden horses since he was 5. He now competes on a national level, often travelling to events such as the Horse of the Year with his horse. Got a question about towing a horse float - James is your man! He has towed more horse floats in his time than most of us have had hot dinners! Isuzu of course have a great range of vehicles well suited to just this purpose, as well as quite a few with the pedigree of a fine throughbred!
Since then he has learnt his skills through a hard earned respect of doing a job well, and gaining the knowledge to be an excellent vehicle consultant through learning the ropes from the inside.

Adam Olverson - Vehicle Sales Consultant


Adam has recently rejoined the Bowater Isuzu team in the latter part of 2017. He has previously worked in the sales department here in 2013, and took the opportunity to return. Adam has great love for the Isuzu range of vehicles and has been amazed at the technological leap over the last 5 years, so is brimmed full of new knowledge about all that Isuzu can offer the discerning motorist. 

Adam has a young daughter and is a devoted father in his downtime, as well as loving to travel. He also restores classic motorbikes and is a certified dive instructor. Originally from Jamaica, Adam moved to Nelson with his parents and siblings a while ago.

Peter Cantrick - Dealer Principal


Peter has been with the Bowater Motor Group since 1992, originally in the Bowater Motors Motueka branch, starting out as a service technician.

He has been a long term asset to the group and has risen through the ranks as he has gained experience in all aspects of the motor industry.

When the Bowater Motor Group obtained the Isuzu franchise Peter stepped in as the Parts & Service Manager, adding many valuable years of experience, and a friendly, familiar "Bowater's" face to the new team. Peter believes that the relocation to the new showroom has been perfectly timed, it reflects the strong growth in the Isuzu brand locally.

"This will be complemented by positioning ourselves to be one of the highest profile sites in the Nelson CBD" he states.

Peter has lived in Motueka with his family for the past 34 years after moving to the Top of the South from the bottom of the south - he was a Southland lad originally!