Two New Zealand lakes are on the list of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders, based on an eye-tracking study.

Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie region ranked 5th on the list, which was compiled by Swiss luxury tourism company Kuoni.

Lake Tekapo ranked fifth on a list of the world's most beautiful natural wonders.

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Lake Tekapo ranked fifth on a list of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders.

The world rankings were dominated by Lake Peyto in Canada, followed by Meeru Island in the Maldives and the Jurassic Coast of England.

The other South Island stunner that made the list was West Coast Lake Matheson, which came in at 13th place. Phang Nga Bay in Thailand and the Grand Canyon in the United States round out the top 15.

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While the results were only based on a small sample of 36 people, the study used a unique methodology. Participants viewed photos from 50 different destinations and, using eye tracking software, the number of times they looked at each image was recorded.

Lake Matheson is famous for its mirror views of the mountains.

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Lake Matheson is famous for its mirror views of the mountains.

The average viewing times of each image were used to reveal the most “eye-catching” places.

The New Zealand selections will not surprise those who have visited them. Lake Tekapo, located against the Southern Alps, is one of New Zealand’s most iconic lakes, popular with tourists for its brilliant blue hue, a product of the surrounding glaciers.

The lake is also known for the colorful lupines that bloom along its shores. However, in recent years there have been efforts to remove them and avoid promoting photos that feature them, as flowers are an invasive weed that is damaging to the environment.

Lake Matheson, near Fox Glacier, is another photographer favorite, famous for its calm waters that offer mirror reflections of Aoraki / Mt Cook and Horokoau / Mount Tasman.

Peyto Lake in Banff National Park, Canada, was the most attractive destination.

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Peyto Lake in Banff National Park, Canada, was the most attractive destination.

Top 15 of the most beautiful natural wonders

Based on Kuoni’s study.

1. Peyto Lake, Canada

2. Meeru Island, Maldives

3. Jurassic Coast, England

4. Yosemite, United States

5. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

6. Niagara Falls, Canada / United States

7. Snowdon, Wales

8. Puerto Princesa underground river, Philippines

9. Marble caves, Chile

10. El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

11. Aurora Borealis, Iceland

12. Iguazu Falls, Argentina / Brazil

13. Lake Matheson, New Zealand

14. Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

15. Grand Canyon, United States