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The team from Bowater Hyundai are setting sail in Tasman Bay with the Spirit of NZ

Written by Media Manager.

It is not everyday that you get the chance to set sail on New Zealand's most famous tall ship. 
This is exactly what the team from Bowater Hyundai, and 85 of their invited guests, got to do on a stunning summers morning in Tasman Bay.

Bowater Hyundai are very proud to be actively supporting the youth of our region each year with a scholarship that helps fund the cost of the berth onboard the training ship the Spirit of New Zealand. Hyundai New Zealand are major sponsors of the Spirit of Adventure Trust so all in all this day was a match made in heaven.  

We boarded the ship from the main public wharf alongside Guytons opposite the apartments and were welcomed by Gerard from the Spirit of New Zealand and Chris Bowater the CEO of Bowater Hyundai.  

Chris Bowater welcomes everyone
Chris Bowater welcomes everyone. Click on the Play Button to watch the video. 

Once onboard we headed out of the harbour and into the bay. The sun was shining, the water calm and the breeze brisk, so it was time to unlease the sails and get all hands on deck for some serious hauling of ropes!
Click here to go to the Spirit of New Zealand section of our website to see the full report of the day, along with heaps of photos. 


Hyundai scoops five awards at AA Car of the Year

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Hyundai Tucson wins big

The new Hyundai Tucson has won the coveted People’s Choice Trophy at the AA Car of the Year Awards gala event Wednesday evening (9th December 2015) as part of a dominant sweep of category awards by the brand.

Hyundai New Zealand General Manager Andy Sinclair says Hyundai took five awards, winning Best Luxury Car and Safest Car 2015 (Hyundai Genesis); Best Large SUV (Hyundai Santa Fe); Best Medium SUV and People’s Choice (Hyundai Tucson).

He says all five awards are a humbling but fitting accolade for the brand, while winning the People’s Choice award just months after launch is a “fantastic” endorsement of the Tucson and of Hyundai’s relationship with its family of owners.

“We are a New Zealand company and we are all about our people; our staff, our dealerships and owners alike. To win an award voted by the people of New Zealand for an advanced new medium SUV like Tucson is a wonderful validation of our emphasis on class-leading design, user-friendly technology and superb driveability. I’d like to thank all those who voted for Tucson in this award,” he said.

Take your chance to have breakfast with the man of the moment of kiwi motorsport

Written by Media Manager.

Ever wondered what was the breakfast of champions?
Here is your chance to find out.


Hayden Paddon is the next big thing in NZ Motor Racing. 

He is currently racing all over the world, and consistently placing in the top10 rankings in the WRC (World Rally Championship). He recently made New Zealand motorsport history with his podium finish in the Rally of Italy and is lined up to continue his run to the top with his hot form at the moment.

We are very lucky to have him in Nelson an available to meet and greet with us on Tuesday July 14th starting with the Big Brekkie Victory Boxing Fund Raiser at Monaco Resort from 7 - 9am. Come and listen to his experience competing at the pinnacle of his chosen sport globally, and the hard work and commitment he has shown to get to the top. A true world champion in the making Hayden is one of the nicest guys in motorsport!

Tickets cost $39 per person, with $15 of that going straight to Victory Boxing. Click here to pre-purchase tickets to the event via the website Eventbrite. 
Bring your wallet, let’s raise some additional funds for Victory Boxing as well with Hayden Paddon gear up for auction amongst other things.

This is just the start of an action packed day, so stay tuned for details on the rest of the exciting activities. 

Paddon scores career best with second place at WRC Italy

Written by Media Manager.

New Zealand’s most successful rally driver Hayden Paddon has ably demonstrated his star potential having secured a history-making, career-best second place at this weekend’s Rally Italy Sardinia.

Hayden Paddon 2015Hayden Paddon flying through the Rally Italy course. Click to enlarge.

Paddon and co-driver John Kennard marked their first anniversary with Hyundai Motorsport by creating a double podium finish with Belgium team-mates Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul for the World Rally Championship’s newest manufacturer.

Paddon and Kennard led the rally from the start of Friday’s action – the first New Zealanders to lead an overseas WRC event – and only relinquished that lead on Saturday afternoon’s loop after leading the rally outright for 15 stages. They delivered Sunday’s results exactly to plan, securing their fourth stage win of this rally and safely getting to the finish despite some niggles with their Hyundai i20 WRC car.

Paddon described his first-ever WRC podium finish – the best result by a New Zealander in an overseas WRC rally – as a dream result.

Paddon said: “To finish on the podium is an absolutely amazing feeling. Words can’t really do justice to how I’m feeling right now.

The team at Bowater Hyundai are very proud of what Hayden has achieved, and super excited to have him coming to our dealership in a few short weeks. If you are a fan of motorsport, or a keen to meet a top level athlete performing at his peak on the world stage, set aside some time on Tuesday July 14th. This a great chance for everyone to come along and get a chance to meet this amazing driver at the peak of his career over the course of the day. There will be several opportunities at several different events planned. 

The response to the podium placing for Paddon and his co-driver John Kennard has been intense as the media takes notice of this rising star that has been working hard on his craft for many years now. 

Meet the Bowater Hyundai Team

Daryl Pritchard. A depth of experience & the voice of reason.


Daryl has been in the car industry for a long time, ever since he started as an apprentice mechanic for the Post Office's Workshop in Wellington, where he grew up.

We are fortunate to have him, and all of his varied vehicle industry experience, with us at Bowater Hyundai since 2010. He has seen the Hyundai brand go from strength to strength and has a depth of technical knowledge of the evolution of the range of vehicles. 

Daryl lives in Stoke with his wife, they have four grown children living as far afield as Wellington and Sydney. A proud supporter of the Hurricanes and the Lions, Daryl maintains his strong connection to the city he grew up in.

He is a strong believer in the Bowater Motor Group philosophy of giving back to the community and thrives on "the strong focus of ethical business within the company". As such Daryl is a strong advocate for the special relationships that Bowater Hyundai has built with community partners such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Victory Boxing.

Daryl is an enthusiastic fisherman and says his lack of results has failed to deter him from his enthusiasm. Click here to contact Daryl.

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