The Ōwairaka neighbourhood is home to Ōwairaka District School (years 1-6) and Ōwairaka Kindergarten. Education Review Office reports for both the school and kindergarten are excellent.
Ōwairaka offers plenty of room 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 will celebrate its centenary in 2019. The nearby Ōwairaka Sea Scouts have been based in Murray Halberg Park for nearly 60 years. Ōwairaka Athletics club, which was 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.