The newer build included vertical pseudo-Tudor decoration of gables, conservatory enclosing far-bottom verandah and encased near gable end top & bottom. The chimneys have pots and balcony fences are different as well. Most other photos available today are of the newer building, I guess because cameras became more prevalant and this building wasn't around for long.
Year of this image: 1902-1903 (the photographer arrived in Sydney in February 1903)
Similar Image technology
Platinotype Chromatype Salted paper print.
Large format ‘Cirkut’ panoramas, taken with specially designed rotating cameras and oversized negative film.
The result was printed onto specially sensitized matte platinotype paper by contact.
YouTube of similar camera setup. This photo was taken a 2-3 years before the Cirkut camera was manufactured so he couldn't have used that model camera.
Wairere paddle steamer, the first to service Pipiriki:
The photographer, Melvin Vaniman, has a colourful, if short, history.
Wikipedia entry for photographer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melvin_Vaniman
In July 1901 Hatrick purchased Pipiriki House, the only accommodation house in the settlement, and in 1902 replaced part of the original building with a new tourist hotel. At the end of 1903 he extended the river service a further 89 miles to Taumarunui, which was then the terminus for the railway line from Auckland. The following year he had a large houseboat constructed in Taumarunui and floated down to the mouth of the Ohura River. It had accommodation for 36 guests and was fully equipped with modern conveniences including electric light. Hatrick was then able to provide a three-day service from Wanganui or Taumarunui, with overnight stops at Pipiriki House and the houseboat. In 1905 12,000 tourists stayed at Pipiriki House.