Kaiapoi just north of Christchurch has revealed a new plan for parts of the town broken by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
The town centre plan wants to embrace the river that runs right through the heart of the town, with the possibility of house boats being built.
Waimakariri District Council hopes to make better connections between the north and the south side of the town, to achieve a more homologous town feel.
Kaiapoi Community Board Chairperson Jackie Watson said that the plan to restore the town damaged by the quakes was a "wonderful idea".
She said a boat shed design and walkways would make the area along the river a great space.
Public workshops and consultation have taken place to involve the community in the plans.
Waimakariri District Council business and centres manager Simon Hart said the plan would allow the town to grow and bring new opportunities to the community.