My husband and I are moving to Wellington in Aug. 2007 from Los Angeles. We are in our late-20s and want to explore a new country before starting a family. We intend to live in NZ for approximately one year and have heard many wonderful things about Wellington. I have heard its can be compared to sea-side towns like Seattle or San Francisco - would you say that was an accurate statement? Also, where should we live? I want to be in a neighborhood that has a variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops, has a decent night life and good public transportation. We also hope to rent a home that is furnished or at least partially furnished? Are those easy to come by? Do you have furniture rental shops? Or furniture stores like IKEA should we need to purchase our own stuff? Any help/advice would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thank you very much.