Hunky Northland tractor driver crowned Rural Catch of the year

An eligible tractor-driving bachelor from Northland has been crowned the 2019 Fieldays Rural Catch.

The contest was set up to find the hunkiest up-and-coming superstars in the New Zealand agricultural community, and this year Lewis Nichols, a heavy machinery operator from Otorohanga, caught the judges’ eyes.

The week-long competition whittled down several competitors to the final 2. “For me, it was about getting out there and having some fun,” said Lewis. “This was a way to put myself out there for future employers, a way to grow and meet new people, a week off work and something else other than tractors.”

Lewis Nichols with People’s Choice winner Charlotte Leach.

Not only does Lewis get to take home the coveted Golden Gumboot trophy, but Lewis also won himself a brand new King Quad quad bike thanks to Suzuki, worth $17,995, as well as a $2000 Swanndri voucher, and vouchers for STIHL and Skellerup.

People’s Choice winner Charlotte Leach, who grew up on an alpaca farm, took home vouchers for Swanndri, STIHL, and Skellerup as well. All the competitors received $500 STIHL vouchers, so nobody walked home empty-handed.