Instead, Honiss, who refereed the Lions against Bay of Plenty and Wellington in 2005, has called time on an action-packed international career that began in a Rugby World Cup qualifier between Tahiti and the Cook Islands 11 years ago.
In 2006 he became New Zealand's most-capped Test referee, overhauling Paddy O'Brien's total of 37 Tests before breaking Welshman Derek Bevan's record of 44 internationals to become the world's most-capped referee when he took charge of the Rugby World Cup 2007 bronze final between France and Argentina.
Honiss, whose last refereeing appointment came at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, July 5 for the First Test between Australia and France, was a key member of the IRB's Elite Referee Panel headed by fellow Kiwi O'Brien.
"Paul is going to be a big loss to international rugby," said O'Brien. "He is the current world record holder for the number of rugby internationals refereed. He has been involved in three Rugby World Cups and that experience cannot be replaced overnight.
"Paul epitomised professionalism He was the ultimate team player and from a personal point of view I will miss his leadership within the elite panel."