Ōwairaka is a well-connected neighbourhood that has a highly-regarded school and kindergarten, an abundance of public parks, and a proud sporting history.
The neighbourhood is only eight kilometres from the central city, which is easily accessible via public transport, including a frequent bus service along New North Road. The Waterview connection (SH20) also passes by the area, allowing residents quick access to Auckland Airport and other main transport routes.
Ōwairaka District School (years 1-6) and Ōwairaka Kindergarten have both received excellent reports from the Education Review Office, and the neighbourhood is a short distance from other schools.
Ōwairaka has plenty of green space to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Alan Wood Reserve, Murray Halberg Park, Underwood Park and Hendon Park are located in and around the area. Mt Albert and the Ōwairaka Domain are within walking distance, as are the Valonia and Ōwairaka skate parks.
Ōwairaka has a proud sporting history. The Marist Rugby League Club celebrated its centenary in 2019. The nearby Ōwairaka Sea Scouts have been based in Murray Halberg Park for nearly 60 years. Ōwairaka Athletics club, founded in 1943, led the world in middle and long distance running under the guidance of the legendary coach Arthur Lydiard. The club has produced many champions, most notably, Murray Halberg and Peter Snell.