I have secured cheap accommodation ($500 for 4 ppl, 3 nights) and cheap lift tix ($270 for 4 days) at Buller at the end of August. The next step in this equation is getting onto the hill. Unless I manage to buy a car, roof racks and chains within the next 3 months, I will be looking to either go up by bus, or possibly hire a car for the trip (?) In line with the cheapskate nature of the trip, I will be bringing everything I need in a 46 litre backpack and hoping I can blag my way on the village/day trip shuttle rather than needing oversnow (is this viable?). The cheapest/best bus option I have found thus far is the "extragreen" bus, which is around $130 return. If I was to hire a car (either through a regular hire company, or through something like car-next-door), is it at all possible to find a car with a resort entry pass on it already? I've never heard of this (overtly), but surely someone must offer it?