Whoa! Studios is a state of the art film studio specialising in live action, puppetry and miniatures. We are the only film studio in New Zealand to open our doors to kids and families.
Our flagship offering is an original, world class, live show based on the characters and sets of Custard’s World, adapted for stage from a script by Bob Baker, BAFTA award winning screenwriter of Wallace & Gromit. A truly immersive experience, featuring a mix of puppets, digital effects, and live action all from within our main stage movie set.
The Whoa! Studios urban park will make a great visit even better. Our design team searched the world for inspiration about the best play ideas. We are proud to offer the only hand crafted crochet climbing net in NZ, that took Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam two years to craft.
Our Whoa! Zone adventure playground is a custom designed playground, crafted by our very own set designers and builders. Could this be one of the top 10 urban playgrounds in the world?
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The Grounds, by celebrity chef Ben Bayly, is Auckland’s first Modern Family Eatery. Born from Ben’s own love of creating great family food memories. Ben is proud to present a unique selection of delicious and nutritious dishes able to be enjoyed by adults and children. The Grounds will also open as a restaurant outside of studio hours.
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Custard’s World is a rollicking, adventure comedy that captures the hearts and affections of children of all ages. Scripted by BAFTA award writer Bob Baker, and local creative talent, Custard’s World is a heartwarming, fun, family film project.
With a plot to steal the smiles from those residing in the happy town of Doodle, Dr. Gloom and his assistant Colin are certain this will secure the Super-Villain of the Year title. Follow our unlikely hero Custard and his friends as they band together to stop Dr. Gloom and save the smiles of their hometown.
Custard’s World shares the importance of friendship, boobie-traps, getting back up when you’re down and the healing power of a whoopee cushion.
THAT'S A WRAP! We have just waved goodbye to the last group of young designers as part of our first series of holiday workshops here at Whoa! Studios. They had a huge amount of fun, exploring behind the scenes, meeting the puppeteers, and producing their very own UFO...read more
The incredible performers of Whoa! Studios – Terry, Adam, Rebekah, Paul, Jon and Steph will be regularly sharing their diaries with us. Keeping us up to date with all the fun they are having while preparing for our first Custard’s World show – A Very Gloomy Holiday.read more
"A Must See!!! Fantastic Family Day Out!!" - 6 May 2017 Have just spent the day at 'Whoa! Studios' with 2 x 5-year-old boys and a 3-year-old girl. We all had an amazing day. The stage show 'Gloomio' was great, as was the food in the restaurant. And the playground kept...read more
Thomas' Wish - May The Force Be With You Prior to opening to the General Public on December 17th last year, we had the honour of sharing the magic of our creation with the Make a Wish Foundation with a celebration of their 30th Birthday. On May the 4th we helped a...read more
Since its inception in 1986, Make a Wish NZ has been granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. For over 30 years Make a Wish has enriched the lives and brought hope and joy to countless children and their families. Now that’s something to celebrate!