Glendowie is well known for its strong community values and family orientated lifestyle. Set on a peninsula, it is an attractive area for locals and visitors alike. Glendowie has a rich local history. It is said that Maori watched the eruption of Rangitoto from the Glendowie shoreline and Karaka Bay was one of the locations where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, not once but twice.
The area has a variety of walking tracks which cover different terrain and both pastoral and coastal areas. In the "gum boot" park, Churchill Park Reserve, the cows roam freely and the ducks swim blissfully in the local stream making the park a popular place to visit and walk. The Glendowie sandspit and Tahuna Torea bird sanctuary have fabulous walks and are a great educational resource.