Join Joseph Herchel – the Brains behind Jiwi’s Machines for his
Rube Goldburg Machine Workshop!



 Build a giant chain-reaction machine with YouTube star Joseph Herscher (from YouTube channel Joseph’s Machines). Teams will use everyday objects in unexpected ways,  transporting a ball from one side of the room to the other in a huge interconnected contraption.


What will kids learn? 

Joseph has led Rube Goldberg workshops all over the world, working with kids and adults of all ages as they come together to create an enormous machine. In addition to being insanely fun, participants learn:

  • basic physics concepts
  • the design process
  • team building
  • how to design a show for an audience


AGE GROUP:  Children must be 8yrs+
DATES:  15, 17, 19th July 2019
TIME: 2pm
Cost: $30/child
Maximum of 30 Children So book now!

What’s Your problem??

What’s Your Problem? is a new series coming to HEIHEI in which Joseph Herscher and his team solve Kiwi kids’ really annoying problems by making hilarious contraptions out of everyday household objects. 


Coming to HEIHEI on 5 July! 

Want a sneak peek at What’s Your Problem?

Join Joseph in the Treehouse theatre to view an episode AND check out a few of the crazy machines created for the series! This 30 minute interactive session will get kids minds whirlling!

15th, 17th & 19th July at 1pm 

Book now – It’s FREE with a park pass! (park passes can be purchased from the Doodle Toy Store or as part of our famous Eat & Play combo on the day).

Book to see The Mad Hatter’s Funk at 2pm after the 1pm viewing of What’s Your Problem? – Park Passes are free with show tickets!!

“The best show I’ve seen so far! So many positive messages!” – Oscar

Whoa! Studios REVIEWS

“Everytime we’ve been it’s been amazing, today was the first time for the show experience as we wonderfully won tickets and it didn’t disappoint, we also enjoyed a very yummy affordable lunch, kids played in the played ground for hours and very much enjoyed the delicious selection of ice creams.” – Helen


“We had an awesome day here today. The staff are so friendly and accommodating. The food was great and the activities for the kids was good fun for all ages. Very well done 10 / 10”  – Shelly



“Every detail of Custard’s World has been painstakingly crafted to create a new and exciting universe. I’m excited to see these charming characters and their stories brought to life.”


Lead performer for the 
Muppets and Sesame Street
The most fun I’ve had since writing Wallace & Gromit


BAFTA award winning writer
Wallace & Gromit Curse of the Were Rabbit
I love you Jazz


Evie Hooper, Age 5
WOW… what a spectacular day it was today at Whoa Studios, the show was fantastic for young & old amazing!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH…


with Dani Noyer and Hannah Nancarrow
We had the most amazing day at Whoa Studios, everything – EVERYTHING – every little thing ……. was ah-mazing.  The food was soooo exquisite, the play (pantomime? show?) was so funny and entertaining and the playmat amazing.


Paula Burgess
“OMG! You so have to go to see A Very Gloomy Holidays! at Whoa Studios!!!! … the set, show and characters are fantastic!Great for kids of all ages – live action, video and characters like the cool Buzz and the gorgeous Jazz. You and your kids will love it!!!I do!!! It’s like being on set in Hollywood!!! in Henderson!!!”


Suzy Cato (Mum and TV presenter of Suzy's World and You and Me)
“Whoa Studios’ is a brilliant family destination and their live stage show, A Very Gloomy Holidays! was amazing! The kids were squealing with laughter and joining in with the ‘panto-style’ shouts of the audience xxx”


Sheryl Burson (Mum and founder of
“Whoa! Studios really was a pleasure to visit. Whoa! is refreshingly different.I enjoyed everything but from the perspective of a parent looking to return.Really good food, drink and snacks was wonderful.The crochet climbing net was fantastic and kept the little beasts occupied for hours.The show appealed at all age levels too. Great stuff!”


Huon Butterworth (Dad)
“Whoa Studios is awesome and the show was fantastic! Great place to take kids! Awesome local entertainment!”


Johanna Hatcher (Mum)
“Whoa! Studios is just MARVELOUS. Everyone go!”


Grae Burton (Dad and Producer)
“Have just seen the best children’s theatre I’ve ever experienced. Huge congratulations must go to everyone involved – the production values, integrity and sheer delight in this place are so refreshingly beautiful. It is indeed a WHOA experience!! You guys were phenomenal. Well done, well done, well done.”


Hanna Von Randow (Springsouth Actors Agency)
“Go West for lots of fun at Whoa! A Very Gloomy Holidays! combines state-of-the-art 3D mapping and projection technology with puppetry, video and digital effects with live performers, slapstick, puns and catchy songs… staged on a real-life film set.”


Dionne Christian, NZ Herald (Saturday 17 December 2016)
“Whoa! studios – so much fun & colour! And a wonderful, live on stage, multimedia family show: A Very Gloomy Holidays!”


Carol Petrie (PRPVFX: Visual Effects for Film & Television,  Auckland)
“Sophia took her family to the opening of Whoa Studios here in Auckland. This place is out of control! Incredible interactive playground, outstanding restaurant and cafe with the most amazing ice creams you will ever have, the cutest toy shop BUT most of all a world class studio where we witnessed the show A Very Gloomy Holidays! This show was all performed with puppets and was outstanding! Wow what an experience! We are so lucky to have Whoa Studios in Auckland! I highly recommend you your family go these holidays!”


Peaches & Pickle Performing Arts / Green Door Youth Theatre
“Was lucky enough to get a sneaky peak at Whoa! Studios and A Very Gloomy Holidays! This show is pretty cool, and you really need to come and see it to believe it! Such hard work has obviously gone in to not only the show but the place as a whole. If you’re in Auckland go check the shows out!”


Jessica Brien (actress, Wellington)

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