Hi there! I’m James Hirata, and it is my joy to create and capture moments of celebration, love and unforgettable happiness for my clients.
I believe that the natural scenery we have in New Zealand is a perfect backdrop for weddings and celebrations, and it is my dream to share this beauty with the world through my Wedding Photography, Elopement Packages and Pre-Wedding Shoots.
Understanding my clients’ needs and crafting unique experiences for every client is a priority: Everybody is unique, and beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. What you won’t find from me is the same treatment copy-pasted on every client.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.1
The discoverer of gold in the Arrow river was a shepherd named Jack Tewa or Maori Jack. He also won the Royal Humane medal for saving a man from drowning in Lake Wakatipu.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.2
The Chinese Settlement was established in 1867-8 and was in existence until the mid 1930’s. The site underwent an archaeological excavation in 1984.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.3
There has been a fire station on the current site since 1890. The hand drawn hose reel was used until the 1940’s.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.4
The first jail in Arrowtown was simply a log. You were chained up to it. The later stone jail still exists and is in Cardigan Street. It is New Zealand’s 4th oldest jail.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.5
The Maori name for the river is Haihainui which means ‘Big Scratches’.
Arrowtown Random Fact No.6
The first Arrowtown School was in Buckingham Street and opened in 1863. It was on the site now occupied by the Oak development.